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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Bearspirit in in.

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  • Bearspirit in in.

    Maybe its a good thing it was -24C and early season. Our CSMC group of 9 had Bearspirit to ourselves. There was a bootpack all the way so obviously there have been climbers but on Saturday no one else came by. The ice steps are in. The main column was somewhat wet and mushroomy but solid. The ice is not solid enough for good pro but it climbed well on toprope from a tree anchor. The grade three ice on the right and the window waterfall beside it are challenging enough for those who want less of a workout. Again best climbed on toprope rather than leading. Interesting to see less snow on the ground in Banff compared to Calgary.