Will Gadd Rates Hollywood Ice-Climbing Scenes

How is it possible that Vertical Limit gets a lower rating on ice climbing realism than Game of Thrones? Find out from one of the world’s very finest ax swingers.

Will Gadd knows a thing or two about ice climbing. Do Hollywood producers? Apparently not.

When was the last time you saw someone ice climbing using those Bond villain shoes with knives that shoot out from the toe? When was the last time you saw an ice climber fall into midair, then self-arrest back onto the climb via their frontpoints and both axes?

Gadd breaks it down here, with characteristic candor.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents’ evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.