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Wild Underground Ice Climbing in Sweden

Date: 3rd April 2015

“I have climbed ice for a long time, and I thought I knew everything about this game. I was wrong.”

Where will ice climbers go if climate change destroys the world’s classic ice routes? Canadian Will Gadd and Swede Andreas Spak explored one possible answer in Sweden, where they rappelled deep into abandoned iron mines to check out underground ice routes.

“Climbing so far underground was surreal,” says Gadd, 41, of his March 2007 first descent into a labyrinth of iron mines, some active for over 600 years. “The ice was so sculptural that, at times, I felt like a vandal in a church.”

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