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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Bow Valley Rumours 2019/2020

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  • Bow Valley Rumours 2019/2020

    Observed from highway:
    * Protection Valley had some pretty big looking ice showing.
    * Lougheed had some ice up there but also some snow accumulated above.
    * Twisted Sister looked pretty promising but couldn't see down low for the start and there was snow accumulation to an unknown degree.
    * Waterhole & Irish Mist are forming but looked extremely thin still so probably not yet in.
    * Junkyards are not in yet. Observed near to the Toolshed.
    * Arterial Spurt looked as good as last year but more snow than last year when it was super popular. There also looked to be a few smears away to the sides in the bowl above.

    Second hand info:
    * Storm Creek area is coming along nicely.
    * Sinus Gully very wet
    * The Replicant has been climbed.

    *Irish Mist and Waterhole look to have deteriorated. Definitely not in.
    *Sacre Bleu was filling out high but unknown conditions for the approach.
    *The Professor Falls had a very narrow last pitch and a lower pitch looks to be unformed so needs more time yet.
    *Ten Years After was narrow, mostly formed but a discontinuous gap down low.
    *Sam Goes Trekking looked pretty good
    *Cascade Falls looked like it was starting to freeze but definitely not yet in.
    Last edited by Grant P; 21-Oct-2019, 10:48 am.

  • #2
    Arterial spurt looked in from the highway this morning. Also an interesting looking smear to the left of it that might go.
    Irish Mist and the Watering Hole are coming along nicely.
    Cascade looked reasonable.
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    • #3
      Coirie Dubh lower ice pitch from Nov. 11, 2019


      • #4
        Sunday 16-Feb-2020
        Haffner has a very fat and wet corner. The two flows midway up the canyon were climbable but it should be noted they were dry and fractures at the base means they are not supported as well as usual.


        • #5
          His looked well formed.
          Hers in usual shape
          Grotto Falls is bulked out with surface water trickling and new ice building. Possible to follow fairly dry ice though. We ran an extra lap on the upper pitch using the left wall. Although down at the belay the ice was dry and chandeliered moving right up the usual groove then up gives featured climbing and good screws. A nice steeper and fun option.
          Chains at the top are well chopped out although please be very careful when chopping out bolts. It only takes one hit on a stud to potentially compromise the placement of an expansion bolt.