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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Natalko peak-east face

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  • Natalko peak-east face

    Made a probable first ascent of the east face of Natalko Peak in the Egypt Lakes area today. Its mostly an easy scramble, so of limited interest here, but im posting this to see if anyone has info on previous ascents of this peak as per usual. Dave Jones' Rockies Central makes reference to the sw face and n ridge having been done, but does not list dates or ascent parties. There were no cairn or summit register present. The east face also involes a small remnant pocket glacier, so technically, this ascent falls into the category of mountaineering, barely.


    Park at sunshine. Go up healey creek trail then get to talc lake. 3.5 hrs if u know what youre doing. More if you dont. Go up east slopes, a la the picture i will post later. Eventually the east slopes lead to the north ridge. Turn left and ascend the north ridge. Right away a small cliff band blocks the way. Climb the this on holds that slope the wrong way or go down right (west) to moderate-easy scrambling. (easier the farther right u go.) Regain the n ridge, which is followed easily to the summit. 2hrs from talc lake.


    Same route. 1.5hrs. Could be day-tripped in about 12hrs car to car. Not how i did it.


    Ax crampons


    This is the interesting part! Iconic banff figure Bill Peyto once had a claim on the talc deposit at talc lake. He wasnt allowed to proceed with it, so sold his claim to the NAtional TALc COmpany (hence the name of the mtn!) The company built some cabins here and started a few mines, the remnants of which are both still evident at Talc Lake.

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    Lower east bowl

    Upper east bowl (pocket glacier), north ridge



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      Btw, there is now a new summit register, just below, and on the ne side, of the summit boulder. As EVERY register should be, it is in a (waterproof, indestructible) nalgene bottle. So tired of seeing soaked, destroyed registers in leaky PVC tubes. Thanks for that ACC centennial summit register program......