Whorehouse Hoses

Whorehouse Hoses

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About the climb

It is a very scenic ice climb with a short approach hike from Eureka parking lot. I think even to hike to the base of the climb is worth the effort. The approach goes through a narrow winding canyon. The climb is well protected from wind since it runs inside deep chimney/canyon systems. There are short hiking sections between the ice falls.

Eureka is abandoned mining community 9 miles northeast of Silverton, Colorado.

Why Whorehouse Hoses? I heard that there was a brothel near by, therefore this name.

The first pitch is a full 200 foot (68 meter) fun! So, bring a 70 meter rope, and 2nd rope for the descent. There are fixed anchors along the climb, and the anchors are easy to spot (but I heard that higher up the anchors can get buried in a deep snow).
Jack Roberts in his Colorado Ice describes descent to use either two 50 meter or one 60 meter ropes for rappel. This is not true if you are planning to use the fixed anchors. Obviously, you can do it with short ropes if you are planning to make V-threads, or leave a screw behind.

Supposedly, the climb is listed on Guy Lacelle's list of the Top 100 Ice Climbs in the World.

External Links

Whorehouse Hoses on Mountain Project


Ice falls from the parking lotView from the parking lot
Approach to Whorehouse HosesApproach to Whorehouse Hoses
Narrow winding canyonNarrow winding canyon on approach
Narrow winding canyonMore on the approach hike
Approach to Whorehouse HosesDanika on approach
Near the base of the 1st pitchMe at the base of the climb
1st pitch of Whorehouse Hoses1st pitch
1st pitch of Whorehouse Hoses1st pitch is nearly 70 meters (200 ft) long
Close up of first pitchClose up - 1st pitch
1st pitch - looking down1st pitch - looking down
2nd pitch Whorehouse Hoses2nd pitch
2nd pitch - looking down2nd pitch looking down
Pitch 2Pitch 2 = my first ice lead
Top section of 2nd pitchTop section of 2nd pitch
A walk between 2nd and 3rd pitchSection between pitch 2 and 3
3rd Icefalls = Pitch 32 options on 3rd pitch
3rd pitch Whorehouse Hoses3rd pitch = the left ice fall
View from my belay stanceView from my belay stance at the bottom of 3rd pitch
4th pitch Whorehouse Hoses4th pitch
Pitch 44th pitch - close up
Top of pitch 4Top of pitch 4
2 options on 3rd pitchDescent on the left and ascent on the right - 3rd pitch
Pitch 3Right ice fall on pitch 3
Rappel Anchors on the 2nd pitchRappel on pitch 2


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andreeacorodeanu - Dec 14, 2011 2:20 am - Voted 10/10

Great Liba...

more leads to come for you :D!!!!!!!! Cheers, Andreea

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Dec 14, 2011 7:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Liba...

Thanks Andrea. i wish to lead more, and feel solid...


andreeacorodeanu - Dec 15, 2011 6:20 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Great Liba...

You will, Im sure of this :)!

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