PHOTO ALERT: Will Gadd goes ice climbing under Greenland Ice Cap

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Beneath the Ice tells the story of the adventurer’s landmark science research.

Having become the first person to ice climb up Niagara Falls, Will Gadd is no stranger to perilous situations.

But the Canadian adventurer undertook his biggest and most dangerous challenge in Beneath the Ice, an exploration within the Greenland Ice Cap with the aim of collecting global warming data.

Here is all you need to know:

– Joining Gadd on the expedition was Professor Jason Gulley, who taught his fellow explorer how to dive safely in a drysuit. Failure to release the air sufficiently could lead to a sudden return to the surface, which can be fatal.

– But that was not the only danger encountered by the pair as they reached the ice floor within the Ice Cap from which they planned to dive. With massive blocks of ice falling from the ceiling above, they were forced to pull out of the dive.

– As Gadd put it, with any expedition, the “first goal is always to come back”.



– Despite missing out on the dive, the trip was still vital in understanding how global warming works and what happens to rivers of melted ice and rising sea levels.

– The expedition combined Gadd’s passions for both ice climbing and caving. In August, the pair explored the site to see what was possible, returning in October in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees when the ice was more frozen and accessible for their means.

– Of Beneath the Ice, he said: “It’s a project that pushed me farther than any other project I’ve ever done.” And he relished that opportunity: “I celebrate every moment I get to live fully. Hanging one-handed above a maelstrom on the Greenland ice cap is living. There are moments in life where you couldn’t possibly be living any more than you are in that moment. This is one of them for me.”

– Gadd had previously become the first person to ice climb up Niagara Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, and the first man to have been given a permit to do so.

Read the full feature on the expedition HERE.

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