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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:
Unknown Scrappy Gully WI3-4 M3-4 Mixed, Ice, 6 pitches, 1000'
Tempered By Fire WI4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 150'
Burns' Gulch WI3-4 Ice, 1 pitch, 120'
Highway to Hell WI4+ Ice, 3 pitches, 800'
Second Gully WI3 Trad, Ice, 5 pitches, 800'
Whorehouse Hoses WI4-5 Ice, 3 pitches, 600'
Goldrush WI4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 600'
Stairway to Heaven WI4 Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1200'
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Goldrush WI4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Eureka
This is a fun and asthetic 600 feet of climbing up a neat feature.P1 is low angle and you can save a lot of time by soloing/simul-climbing to the start of the difficulties.P2 is a full 60m of WI 4 to the best stances (right or left of flow) and....P3 is about the same difficulty and either 50m straight up to fixed gear on the right wall or 60+ m taking the steep left finish if in shape.While Roberts' book suggests a walk off, better to rap the route. Fixed gear on climber's right lets you get do...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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