Will Gadd

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 has won the ice climbing world cup, the X Games, sport climbing competitions, set the world record for distance paragliding (twice) and generally had a lot of fun exploring the third rock from the sun and sharing the results.

"Nobody ever died wishing they had spent more time behind a desk."

Will Gadd is one of the top outdoor sports athletes in the world. Gadd's athletic abilities have earned him recognition as a top competitor and athlete, but he's also known for his ability to complete fun, successful and safe outings in adverse conditions. He writes about adventure sports, organizes adventure TV shows and avoids his desk when possible.

Ice Climbing. Recently opened the hardest mixed route in the world, Musashi. Climbed his first waterfall at age 12, first place at every major ice competition in the world in '98 and '99 (ESPN X Games, Courchevel Invitational, France.), won the 2000 Ice World Cup, fifth in 2002. Many TV, film and video projects including first place at the Banff Film Festival for This Is Your Life.

Paragliding. Current World Record distance holder (263 miles/423K), first to fly across the US (Outdoor Life TV show), consistent competition results, USHGA Tandem instructor. First place in the Dave Bridges Memorial mountain paragliding race.

Mountaineering. Grew up in the Canadian Rockies climbing with his parents, climbed everywhere from Northern Canada to South America and Europe, recently opened one of the hardest alpine routes in Canada with friends (Howse of Cards). First one-day ascent of Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Rock Climbing. Up to 5.13c, sport and traditional. Solid competition climber in season. Three-time Canadian national sport climbing champion. TV and commercial work.