Home page Planetmountain.com

arrowNewsarrowWill Gadd muscles Steel Koan at the Cineplex

Will Gadd muscles Steel Koan at the Cineplex

12.01.2006 by

Will Gadd has made the first ascent of Steel Koan in Cineplex Cave, Alberta, Canada.

Will Gadd is up to his old tricks. The 38-year old Canadian has made the first ascent of what he believes to be the hardest mixed route he's ever climbed, "Steel Koan" in Canada's hottest coldspot, the Cineplex Cave, Alberta.

Gadd sent the route on his second day of redpoint attempts, climbing the line "bareback", ie. without heel spurs on crampons, as is becoming the norm nowadays. The route starts to the right of Ben Firth's The Game and the climbing is "dynamic and aggressive, more of a power outing than a long endurance route, although climbing 25 feet of very steep terrain followed by 30+ feet across a dead-horizontal roof and then some hard ice does demand endurance." Although a grade still needs to be put forth, Gadd believes the new line to harder than The Game M13+ which he repeated in December 2004.

Will Gadd is one of Canada's prime ice climbers. He has made first ascents and fast repeats of some of the hardest ice and mixed routes in the Rockies and Europe, and in 2000 he won the first ever Ice Climbing World Cup. Check out an interview and his
Ice climbing in Canada here.

News archive Will Gadd
News archive Cineplex
News archive Canada
Ice climbing in Canada by Will Gadd

Will Gadd
photo: Will Gadd
Photo Gadd archive





Full text search


Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com is updated daily: news, rock climbing, walks, trekking, alpinism, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing on the mountains worldwide. Furthermore, climbing techniques explained, gear & book reviews, expert advice, mountain photography, interviews and competition reports.
Recent Comments
  • Vento di passioni
    Il 18 Ottobre 2015 spinti dalla curiosità per una nuova via ...
    2015-12-12 / oscar meloni
  • The Edge
    The first 3 pitches are excellent, after that the climbing r ...
    2015-11-15 / Lepesant Ben
  • Rêve de Fer
    Bei ricordi del 1984 grande arrampicata ...
    2015-11-01 / Marco furlani
  • Luna Nascente
    Grande salita 1979 primavera dopo aver salito Kundalini con ...
    2015-11-01 / Marco furlani