Mike Trew on Special Opps 12a Ship Rock
Ship Rock is located on the Blue Ridge. It offers an excellent selection of routes at all grades, most of which are very high quality and quite protectable. Its northwestern exposure means that it comes into the sun late in the day, making it an excellent spot for the warmer months. Due to its number of excellent moderates and proximity to Appalachian State University, it's pretty popular. The rock is a bomber metamorphic (quartzite?) scored with numbers of awesome horizontals that make great holds and take excellent gear.
A "standard Shiprock rack" may consist of a set of stoppers, doubles on cams from 00 TCU-.75 camalot, and singles of #1/2 camalots. See individual descriptions for more info.
Ship Rock is approached via the Rough Ridge parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, located ~2 miles north of the Linn Cove Viaduct. From Rough Ridge, walk south down the parkway for 1/3 of a mile. Cross a bridge, pass a roadcut, and look right. A trail should become apparent immediately after the roadcut.
Weather station 1.9 miles from here
39 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Ship Rock
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Special Forces 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
: Ship Rock
: Main Tier
This is a serious but great route for those who enjoy thin holds.Move up a short, steep wall, clip the first bolt, and then pull onto small holds on the slab. Several thin slab moves bring you up to a precarious mantle onto a small, sloping ledge (you wouldn't want to fall from here). Stand up, clip the second bolt, then make hard moves into the corner (crux). Superb stemming takes you up the corner - small gear (RPs and offsets) backs up the fixed pin. At the stance below the final headwall...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Mar 27, 2007
As of 3/7/07, the NPS is closing the clifftop of Shiprock. Everything above Anguish/Harpoon is off-limits, and all descents of the main tier must utilize the Boardwalk rappel. Go to carolinaclimbers.org for more info.
By John Braun
From: Hendersonville, NC
Nov 5, 2013
Can dogs make it to the Upper Tier?
By D B
Nov 5, 2013
They can, saw a couple last weekend. Tie them up if other people are around, though!