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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Bigg Kidd 150m, Wi5, M7+

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  • Bigg Kidd 150m, Wi5, M7+

    As in " You act like a big kid".

    The obvious long line seen from Evan Thomas parking high up on Mt. Kidd to the left of Saddam's Insane.

    Approach as for Saddam's Insane but continue up main bowl. Huge avy terrain.

    Stop at a nice cave to suit up and leave poles.

    Solo three easy steps until below two WI3 pitches, choose between 2 options. Traverse left on a snow slope and climb a WI3 pitch which is part of Dave Marra's route, Billy Goats Gruff. This is the "nice narrow WI3 referred to in that route description. A direct pitch could be climbed on slabs.;s%20Gruff.htm

    Rather than heading left as for BGG, traverse up and right to the obvious ice line up the middle of the headwall at the top of the bowl.

    Rope up on a nice snow ledge to the left of a thin curtain. This is the start of Bigg Kidd.

    Pitch 1: 30m, WI5. Climb thin detached curtain past three bolts to less steep ground. The sting in the tail is a rock step protected by one bolt. Traverse 1 meter past bolt to right to top-out. Clip single bolt to protect second then traverse snow ledge 6 meters to 2 bolt anchor.

    Pitch 2: 30m, M7+: Crank a large move off belay ledge with second bolt clipped. Move up and left to a chossy move onto a no hands rest ledge. Breakable holds on a slightly over-vertical wall lead to a small dagger and a flat ice ledge before the start of the ice pitches. Aprox. 10 bolts.

    Pitch 3: 30m, WI4: Up fat ice steepening and finishing at base of thinner curtain. Pitch could be longer but think of your belayer.

    Pitch 4: 60m, WI4+: Up vertical pillar for 8 meters to rambling grade three ice.

    Rap the route.

    The route has not been redpointed as 2 holds broke on pitch 2, resulting in two falls.

    Final pitch tops out at aprx. 2750 meters, 1200 m above the valley. Beautiful place to be climbing ice once the rock is dealt with.

    FA Raphael Slawinski

    Much bolt pulling by Ian Welsted