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Gold Digger T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hardrock Miner S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Elevation: 10,000 ft
GPS: 37.877, -107.57 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Lee Frazer on Jun 2, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

600' quartzite wall. AKA "Eureka Tower." Kind of a big steepish ramp. Some loose rock. Exposed. Secluded.

Getting There

The Eureka Pillar is located to the lookers left of the deep canyon by the old mill at Eureka.

See the photos posted under Gold Digger.

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Hardrock Miner 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 5 pitches
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Did Hard Rock Miner. Great route with mostly good rock and well bolted. This entire route could be simul-climbed. There is one move of 5.8 at a bolt with the majority being 5.5 climbing. Super fun! Aug 1, 2013
JWQ Qualls
Durango, Co
JWQ Qualls   Durango, Co
Chris, if you are looking at the photo, you have the pillar can not be seen it is a few hundred yards further left. I would guess it to be close to the lot or pavilion area on the topo map you have pictured. Aug 26, 2010
JWQ Qualls
Durango, Co
JWQ Qualls   Durango, Co
I am pretty sure I climbed Gold Digger a couple weeks ago. If so, as you are driving north into the Eureka mining area, the wall is looker's left as you pass over the bridge. Just after you pass over the bridge in the Eureka mining settlement, hike down the west side of the river a few hundred yards, then find the climb at the top of the scree field. The bolts are pretty hard to find, but they are there in the very back left of the shallow valley. I have some pictures taken from where we camped that might help. I will try to get them up soon. Aug 26, 2010
Lee Frazer
Durango, Colorado
Lee Frazer   Durango, Colorado
Cool, Nate. Thanks! Aug 3, 2009
I posted some photos to show where Gold Digger starts. I hope this helps! Jul 29, 2009
Lee Frazer
Durango, Colorado
Lee Frazer   Durango, Colorado
My apologies, but I did not climb this, so I'm awaiting more beta. Turns out I climbed the 5.9 at Goldrush last summer and not the 5.7 here. My apologies. Jul 8, 2009
Rob Schichtel
Cortez, CO
Rob Schichtel   Cortez, CO
8 miles. Jun 24, 2009
Lee Frazer
Durango, Colorado
Lee Frazer   Durango, Colorado
Chris, I'm going to try to get up there in the next 3 days to climb these routes. Will take a camera and note pad to take down better directions ...and then post to MP! Stay tuned. Jun 11, 2009
Chris Wenker
Santa Fe
Chris Wenker   Santa Fe
Intriguing. Any better location or road info?

From the old mill ruins, does 'looker's left' mean the Tower is farther up Eureka Gulch (west of the mill); above or below the road?
Or does 'looker's left' mean that the Tower is even farther left (south), down the west side of the Animas River canyon?

Is the tower visible in this old photo?
photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imag…
or on this topo?
1881.com/eurekatopo.pdf Jun 9, 2009

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