Last week long time client Valari W. joined us for 3 days of ice climbing in the San Juans. We spent 2 days in Silverton’s Eureka Canyon climbing a few of the classics, most notably Whorehouse Ice Hose and Stairway to Heaven.
Both climbs are in super shape, with many choices in terms of which line you’d like to climb. We climbed the left side of Whorehouse with was in WI 3+ condition, with just about perfect ice conditions on the pitch. The right side looked like tricky WI 4+/5-, with some potential hollow spots near the steep section at the top. Stairway is in FAT condition, and good threads were in place for an easy descent of the route via a few rappells. There have been many parties on the route recently and if conditions stay the same the route is going to be picked out before you know it. The middle pitch is still quite steep and feels like WI 4.
All in all it was a great couple of days with good climbing the entire time. Ice conditions are fantastic right now, though still a little thin in Cascade Canyon. Hopefullly the continued cold temps will firm things up nicely for the bulk of the season. Stay safe out there!