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Will Gadd Rips Into Hollywood Ice Climbing Scenes

The pro climber talks about famous scenes from nine movies that portray ice climbing

Veteran ice climber Will Gadd rates nine ice-climbing scenes in movies and television shows for realism. Gadd is a Canmore-based guide and speaker, who’s won three gold medals at the X Games and won gold at the Ice Climbing World Cup, and he is a four-time champion of the Canadian national sport-climbing championships

He discusses the accuracy of ice-climbing techniques in “Game of Thrones” (2013), featuring v and Kristofer Hivju; mountain climbing in “K2” (1991); and mixed climbing in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (2022), starring Morfydd Clark. He also comments on the ice axes, crampons, rope, and other climbing gear in “The King’s Man” (2021), with Ralph Fiennes; “Vertical Limit” (2000); and “Jumanji: The Next Level” (2019), starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Karen Gillan. Gadd analyzes the realism of the ice and rock climbing displayed in “Alien vs. Predator” (2004), “Shivaay” (2016), and “The Climb” (2017).

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