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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:
Burns' Gulch WI3-4 Ice, 1 pitch, 120'
Fat City WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 300'
Eureka Gulch Ice WI3+ Ice, 1 pitch, 120'
Unknown (far left on OB Wall) WI4 M4-5 PG13 Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 380'
Hoser's Highway Righthand WI5- M4-5 Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 1000'
Moe WI4 Ice, 2 pitches, 165'
Larry WI3 Ice, 2 pitches, 165'
Tempered By Fire WI4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 150'
White Trash WI4+ M6 Mixed, Ice, 6 pitches, 650'
Goldrush WI4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 600'
The Calling (aka Night Vision) WI4 M3-4 PG13 Mixed, Ice, 5 pitches, 700'
Whorehouse Hoses WI4-5 Ice, 3 pitches, 600'
Second Gully WI3 Trad, Ice, 5 pitches, 800'
Highway to Hell WI4+ Ice, 3 pitches, 800'
Unknown Scrappy Gully WI3-4 M3-4 Mixed, Ice, 6 pitches, 1000'
Hoser's Highway WI5 PG13 Ice, 4 pitches, 900'
Stairway to Heaven WI4 Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1200'
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The Calling (aka Night Vision) WI4 M3-4 PG13 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Eureka
This is the most prominent/ obvious flow on the Outward Bound Wall. The guidebook calls this route 4 pitches, but we broke it into 5 to minimize rope drag and maximize belayer comfort/protection from falling ice.Pitch 1: M3-4, 40m. This pitch can either be good ice, easy mixed or pure rock. Climb up to pin anchor on the right of the flow.Pitch 2: WI3 30m This pitch follows a left-leaning ramp build an anchor just below the pillar.Pitch 3: WI4/4+, 30m. Climb up nice curtain to a short, steep pill...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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