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 Assiniboine - North Ridge: 08/14/2011

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  • Mt Assiniboine - North Ridge: 08/14/2011

    Headed into Mt Assiniboine through the BC approach on Saturday afternoon. Great weather and clear skies produced excellent snowy conditions on the ridge. We started up the ridge about 4 am under clear skies and a full moon. Not sure exactly what the temps were but definately a bit above freezing at the hut elevation. Snow free up to where the face starts to get steeper and the hands on climbing begins. Used crampons a few hundred metres above where the face steepens to the top. Great fast climbing on snow and ice. Some sections of bare ice but mostly good steps. Both the red and grey bands were climbed easily on mostly snow and ice. Some big cornices and mushrooms on the summit ridgeline. Pretty wintery up there but with cool temps some great snow, ice, and easy mixed climbing!

    We descended the West face which was very snowy up high. Lots of wet avalanches off the summit snowfield on warmer days but we had cool temps and some clouds which helped a lot. We descended to where the Lunette/Assiniboine routes join with 3 - 30m rappels in teh upper gully and tagged Lunette as well. About 1 - 1.25 hours from here return trip. The loose gully described has ice in it which made for fun climbing but this will probably melt out soon. The descent took us a while. Lots of loose rock and interesting down climbing but if you stay on the right path is relatively straight forward.

    The descent definately took longer than expected. Near the bottom there are some very impressive new avalanche destruction zones (This spring maybe?) which has wiped out some of hte trail. Trend right down the surf board scree plates at the bottom and into the forest. There is flagging tape. Then through the forest into another impressive new avy path. Towards the bottom on the right side there is more flagging tape and eventually a pretty decent trail. Finding this trail would be difficult at night....