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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Silverton's Whorehouse Hoses

Come and get some!
 Yesterday Matt and I went to check out the local classic Whorehouse Hoses. So named because of its proximity to what was a brothel back in the mining days. While the red light district is gone, the ice remains and it is terrific.
The amazing first pitch

To be honest I have stayed away from Whorehouse since I climbed it two years ago. While it wasn't that hard, I made the mistake to climb it as spindrift poured down the climb. At times I could barely see in front of me as I made my way up the pitch.
Matt on the last pitch
This time was different. The beautiful clear and relatively warm weather made for an extra enjoyable outing. The classic first pitch is a 65 meter endurance test up moderate ice. This leads to a fun jaunt through a chimney system. The last pitch goes up a classic fat flow to the top. With bolted rappel stations the whole way down, getting back to the ground is a breeze. This is a great first big ice route for those who want to take a little bit of ice skills into the mountains.

1 comment:

  1. Nice description Eitan! I met you on Sunday March 11th at the Scottish Gullies. I was climbing with KJ the wild Hungarian woman. You were guiding a threesome. A father, son,and an asian guy with a big camera. It was obvious you had taught them a lot in a couple days. See you next year!
    John Smith