Adventure sports do not come much more fringe or hardcore than iceberg climbing. Just ask Canadian adventurer Will Gadd, who has climbed and jumped from icebergs ten miles off Labrador’s coast.
“Soon after I jumped off this brittle, 10,000-year-old berg, a dump truck-size block broke off right where I’d been perched! We learned that mountain boys may well be out of their depths in the North Atlantic,” Gadd told National Geographic.
Gadd isn’t the only daredevil to scale slippery frozen chunks in the middle of the ocean, however. At least two other people go iceberg climbing, namely fellow Canadian Justin Emberley and his French friend Kevin Le Morzadec. ”We’re not just like crazy people going in the water and climbing. We do know the risks. We do know that if we go on it, it can break and we can die,” Emberley told CBC News in April. The dangers of the sport are extreme, to say the least. An iceberg can flip any time, throwing whoever is on it into the frigid ocean along with massive shards of ice. According to Gadd, though, it feels “surreal” to hang by an ice ax over crystal clear water.
All we know is that iceberg climbing makes its rocky, dry land counterpart look tame.