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‘World’s Hardest Ice Climb’ Sees First Ascent

Tim Emmett and Klemen Premrl pulled off a stunning new line on British Columbia's famously steep Helmcken Falls.

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At a normal, entry level, ice climbing is pretty hard.

So, when a pair of the world’s best ice climbers claimed to have sent a new level of difficulty at the world’s steepest ice wall back in 2020, you can expect something epic.

“It’s absolutely huge,” Tim Emmett says in this short doc from YouTube channel Louder Than Eleven. “It’s right at our limit.”

Emmett joined with partner Klemen Premrl to create the massive, 131-foot line at British Columbia’s Helmcken Falls, developed by ice-climbing godfather Will Gadd. The overhanging pitch only gets steeper as the climbers go higher, so the crux “is literally the last move,” they explain.

They named the route Mission to Mars and rated it WI-13 — a new grade of difficulty in ice climbing.

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