Hindu Kush is another classic Ship Rock moderate. A taste of North Carolina steep burl with absolutely gigantic holds!
Pitch 1: A couple of options. All variations funnel into the indimidating roof above. The standard follows the obvious, low-angle corner, which comes into the roof from the right, 5.8. The second (my favorite) starts left of the corner and climbs a two-bolt slab to the roof, which is 5.9. The final, which would make for a heady lead, starts directly beneath the roof in a gorgeous left-facing corner at .10+. After pulling a "topout" move onto the ledge above the roof, belay from bolts or rap off. 70'
Pitch 2: Head right to an obvious easy corner and wander up the path of least resistance, 5.8. Climb the roof directly off the belay and continue up a system of corners and bulges. 5.10a. Belay at the clifftop. 110'
NOTE: One can also traverse left to the second pitch of KB Capers.
The route is just left of KB Capers. Look for a clean, left facing corner. This is the direct variation. Just right is the slab variation. And just right of that is the standard corner.
To descend, rappell off the Boardwalk anchors.
A single rack should see you through any of the variations. A #4 Camalot protects the heel-hook/topout move onto the ledge on P. 1. It might be nice, if you're unfamiliar with heel-hooking and the mantle, techniques not common on 5.8 routes.
BETA PHOTO: hindu kush
Steve Bowlin pulling the crux move near the top of...
P1 5.9 bolted variation. This is the two-bolt sla...
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jun 6, 2011
Some corrections: The route is to the right of KB Capers, not to the left. Some ball nutz would probably work very well on the original line. #4 Camalot not necessary, #3 works just as well, so does #2.
|By Mike Holley|
From: Boone, NC
Oct 4, 2011
Original line has a pretty long traverse, don't forget to protect your second. Wouldn't recommend bringing a hot date out there if your climbing it for the first time because your going to look pretty goofy pulling the crux right below the anchors of the first pitch. Smooth climbing and good views. Variations for the first and second pitch are both well worth it.