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Will Gadd the Athlete

I grew up in a family that hiked, climbed and went into the mountains whenever they could. Some of my earliest memories are of long backpacking trips, wind-blown summits and surviving winter skip trips. The first sport I really got into on my was caving. When I was 14 I started kayaking. At 16 I bought my first climbing rope, and did my first new rock route. At 25 I first flew a paraglider. At 41 my daughter came into the world. She’s already doing all the stuff I did as a kid, and she’s an athlete too.

Will Gadd Ice Climbing


My passion as an athlete is to climb.  From a young age I tried to climb everything in sight.  And now, well…nothing’s changed.

Will Gadd Paragliding


Flying gives me the ability to see things from a different perspective.  I can go where my legs can’t take me.

Will Gadd Kayaking


Paddling has always been a sport that i’ve strived to be good at.  The rush of running a first ascent, navigating through the crashing waves of a raging river; it’s just down right awesome.

Career Highlights

  • Establishing the hardest mixed ice climbing lines in the world.
  • Setting the world distance record for paragliding. Twice. 423 km (263 miles) the second time.
  • Kayaking down dozens of first ascents across North America.
  • Winning the Canadian National Sport-Climbing Championships. Four times.
  • Winning three gold medals at the X Games. And the Ice Climbing World Cup.
  • Winning the US and Canadian Paragliding Nationals.
  • Flying my paraglider over the Grand Canyon.
  • Climbing icebergs off the coast of Labrador with Ben Firth.
  • Flying my paramotor across the USA with Jim Grossman.
  • Using supplemental oxygen to explore high carbon-dioxide caves in Thailand.
  • Ice climbing in underground mines in Sweden.
  • First one-day ascent of the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mt. Robson. Solo.
  • Climbing big new rock, ice and alpine routes all over the world.
  • Surviving.
  • Sharing the above through writing, presentations, clinics, TV shows, magazines and on the web.
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