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Uphill from Silverton is a beautiful area of long ice climbs on both sides of the road. Whore House Hoses, Stairway to Heaven are among the classics. Beware however, avalanche risk can be tremendous. Some of these fine classics are in the sun and some are in the shade. Routes here can exceed 1000ft in length.
Take US Hwy 550 south of Red Mountain Pass (S of Ouray) to Silverton. Continue up the main drainage and only significant plowed road uphill as far as you can. Hike the rest of the way on the road. Avalanche debris may cross the road. Climbs are obvious from the road. Beware of avalanche slopes on the way in and out!
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eureka:
Highway to Hell WI4+ Ice, 3 pitches, 800'
Tempered By Fire WI4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 150'
Goldrush WI4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 600'
Second Gully WI3 Trad, Ice, 5 pitches, 800'
Whorehouse Hoses WI4-5 Ice, 3 pitches, 600'
Stairway to Heaven WI4 Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1200'
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Stairway to Heaven WI4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Eureka
This is a classic, stepped moderate...beautiful, big, fat, blue! and 900+ feet. Just pick very stable snow conditions for this one. Go up the road past Silverton to Eureka as far as it is plowed. This obvious line lies across the drainage. Contour 20 minutes to the base. Belay out of the line of fire.P1. 1st pitch is 60m of fat blue gets you to a good stance. 55m gets you to a tree belay. P2. Fun, thinner variations right exist on the 2nd pitch. P3. 3rd pitch is 55m of steeper, big blue...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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