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This composes the main section of Ship Rock. It's what you reach as you walk up the approach trail.

Getting There 

The approach trail from the Parkway (see main description) takes you right there.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Main Tier:
Buffalo Nickel   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Hindu Kush   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Boardwalk   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
Borrowed Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Airlie Gardens   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
Fire Point   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Harpoon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
KB Capers   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   
Linn Cove Lullaby   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
BOG Man   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   
Welcome to Watauga   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   
Special Forces   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Anguish of Captain Bligh   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Revival   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
First Flight   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Chromium Chain   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Gumfighter   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Broach   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   
The Link   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Alternative Man   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
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First pitch crux

Welcome to Watauga 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NC : Ship Rock : Main Tier
This is the last popular route on the main tier (heading uphill) before reaching Harpoon. P1: 5.10 b/c. Start underneath a flake that often seeps and is capped by some steep terrain and then large roof. Climb some easy ground up to a stance underneath the large flake. Clip a fixed stopper and start railing out the horizontal on top of the flake. Mantel up onto the face and climb some steep jugs to the fixed anchor at about 70 feet. P2: Either set up a hanging belay from the fixed anchors or i...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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