Canadian Will Gadd, never at a loss for energy or creativity, will attempt to climb near-vertical ice for 24 hours straight during the Ouray Ice Festival in early January as a benefit for the Ridgway-based dZi Foundation. During this Endless Ascent, Gadd will be climbing the classic Pick O’ the Vic, a 150-foot WI4. If he hangs on to complete the route three times an hour for 24 hours, he’ll be right around 11,000 vertical feet. That’s a big day.
Gadd lives in Canmore, near the heart of Canadian Rockies ice climbing, but there hasn’t been enough good ice in shape for serious training so far this winter. So Gadd screwed a 16-foot, $72 (Canadian), plywood training wall to a tree behind his house, and now he’s doing laps. And you thought too much time at the climbing gym was boring.