Arc’teryx climbing machine Will Gadd along with John Freeman, Sarah Hueniken, Katie Bono spent three weeks in the Wells Grey Provincial Park in British Columbia to climb a mixed line Will first saw at Helmcken Falls five years ago. We received an update from Will about halfway through the mission...
Will Gadd bolting on lead pitch 3.
“It's about six pitches of severely overhanging mixed climbing from behind Helmcken Falls to the top. It is undoubtedly the best mixed line I've ever seen, but it just seemed like such a massive undertaking that I didn't get around to it. Now we had to climb it!” says Will.
John Freeman after spending six hours bolting on lead.
“Conditions are really tough - there is a lot of water/snow spray from the waterfall, and at minus 20 that spray turns everything including us into ice. So, I'm climbing almost exclusively in my Alpha as I need something pretty burly for the conditions!" continues Gadd.
World's largest ice maker, with a very small human...
Half way through their mission the team had done five out of six pitches and hoped to finish it up within the following ten days.
"There are five people and a portaledge in this picture... The scale in Helmcken is just off anything I have in my mind. It's HUGE!!! This is the biggest, hardest route I've ever been involved with, just an amazing piece of terrain to climb.” concludes Will.
Will Gadd on top of pitch 2.
It seems like Will never stops Moving.