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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Mt Indefatigable - Joy: 6/23/2011

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  • Mt Indefatigable - Joy: 6/23/2011

    Climbed Joy yesterday. It was great day with two climbing partners. We got to the bottom of the route around 9am and there were wet patches in the corner but the sun hadn't hit the route yet. Once the sun was on the route the wet patches dried out right away and the route was completely dry and snow free. We did it in 8 pitches with some simul climbing on 3 pitches to get to better better belays. We didn't have to simul more than 6-7m on easy terrain. There's some light dust/powder on the lower part of the route but nothing terrible and I'm guessing there hasn't been much traffic yet. We cleaned rocks as much as we could on the lower ledges.

    Once we topped out, the short exposed scramble was dry and snow free all the way to the alpine meadows and the top of the scree gully which is what we used for the descent. No snow in the gully either. This was my first time on Indefatigable but I'm guessing going to the hikers trail is more pleasant than the descent gully which wasn't pleasant imo. Please note that the hikers trail has been decommissioned due to the area being a prime bear habitat so I think Kananaskis Parks folks would prefer climbers limit travel in the bear habitat and use the scree gully for descent.

    Overall it was a great day on a really fantastic route. Having said that I can't imagine being in a second group below other climbers on Joy.

  • #2
    From high on Joy, 2011_06_22


    • #3
      Looks awesome!
      The Alpine Start