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 Sir Douglas - NW Face Direct (IV): 08/20/2011

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  • Mt Sir Douglas - NW Face Direct (IV): 08/20/2011

    Climbed Sir Douglas NW Face Direct route with J Wilcox. The route is in excellent condition right now with firm bridge glacier crossing, half-boot steps up snow and ice on the face (up to 50-55 degrees) interspersed with alpine ice for protection, and no cornice issues at the top. From a high bivi in the moraines below the glacier it took us 7hrs up and down with roped simul-climbing and down-climbing. (If you summit early then you can safely downclimb the face before it gets any sun, which is faster/easier than going down the West Ridge.)

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