Will Gadd is a prominent Canadian ice climber and paraglider pilot, based in the Bow Valley of Alberta. Some of his major accomplishments include establishing the hardest mixed ice climbing lines in the world, setting the world distance record for paragliding twice, and kayaking down dozens of first ascents across North America. He won the Canadian National Sport-Climbing Championships four times, three gold medals at the X Games, the Ice Climbing World Cup, and won the US and Canadian Paragliding Nationals. When Will isn’t flying his paraglider over the Grand Canyon, climbing icebergs off the coast of Labrador, or taking the title as the first one-day ascent of the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, he works as a climate activist in the mountain community.
Through a partnership between the United Nations Environment and the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation, Will was selected to be a UN Environment Mountain Hero. Will is proud to stand amidst other Mountain Heroes who dedicate a portion of their time to raise awareness of environmental issues. In particular, Will is dedicated to environmental protection of mountains, where early indicators of the effects of climate change are already becoming visible.