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Bomb Cyclone Readies to Freeze Niagara Falls

An approaching storm to North America’s east coast is being called the Bomb Cyclone. And it’s going to freeze oh, so many thing.

One of those things is Niagara Falls between Ontario and New York. The big ice flow has frozen in the past. But climbing it is prohibited.

Will Gadd on Niagara Falls Photo Screen shot from short film by Red Bull

In 2015, ace climbers Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken received permission to make the first legal ascent of the world famous waterfall.

Just the setting itself is a challenge. Climbing beside the 227,1247 litres per second of water makes communication difficult.

“The power of the falls is staggering,” Gadd said after his climb. “It vibrates your intestines and makes you feel very, very small. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

The Bomb Cyclone will bring a record-breaking deep cold-snap that will freeze the spray-whipped edges of Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls into a curtain of chandeliered spray ice never before seen.

It’s highly unlikely that anyone will have permission to head up the snow, slush and spray ice that will be forming this week.

This is one of the coldest winters in decades in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Maritime provinces, New England, New York and many other Atlantic regions.

There will be new ice and mixed climbs forming and if we’re lucky, someone is sorting the paperwork with Niagara Falls to have a lap of the WI-hard one-pitch wonder.