GSI shutting down

It is with regret that Gravsports Ice will be closing soon. Despite all of us here and many in the community being of the opinion that GSI is a better archiving system for information on ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies, this website will be shutting down.

Keeping the lights on and keeping conditions current no longer seems practical. We have tried making the forums more user friendly, and kept access to a vast array of beta and history contained on the website open to all. However low participation and increasing costs from both the website and hacker intrusions have lead us to this decision. Many thanks to Ian for past hosting costs. While the website will remain live for a short while you can expect it to disappear soon. We have talked of options to preserve the beta it contains however we offer no guarantees at this time.

We thank all our supporters, and everyone in the community for your past participation in GSI.
Will, Ian, and Grant.
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Step Right Up 2019

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  • Step Right Up 2019

    Sun 17-Feb-2019

    Cold temps, late start, half a day. Seemed a good idea. Pleasantly surprised to find it in great shape. Very little sun effect on the climb. Left side was easier and fun. Middle had some featured ice and a small overhang down low. Right side had a lot of water cascading and making a huge amount of chandelier and new ice. I wouldn't recommend trying to lead the groove on the right as it featured poor highly chandeliered ice that would be a bitch to get solid screws, however just left of the groove was steeper, better ice that protects better.

    I saw a single bolt around knee height on the right wall at the base and about 3-4m back. I imagine its been placed as a clip in to stop a belayer getting dragged forward but it also works to tie off the ropes to keep them away from wet ice. It looked pretty new and shiny and could easily get covered in snow.

    Approach was good but crampons or micro spikes would make the ice steps about 2/3 way in much easier than pussy footing past them.

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    SRU was in fun shape yesterday. Had to work a bit for some solid screen placements but plenty of ledges to stand on. Left side decently fat. Right side still growing. Would be easy to punch through the ice to the falls behind. Also exercise caution on first ice step as I broke through.

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