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',28],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Ship Rock
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KB Capers 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a NC
: Ship Rock
: Main Tier
Lots of great climbing w/ a short crux. P1: Many options: The original follows P1 of Boardwalk for about 30-40', then cuts hard right and pulls around the arete underneath a roof. Continue climbing on or near the arete until you reach a good belay ledge beneath a right-facing corner. Build a belay here. (look at the guidebook for alternatives to this pitch) 70', 5.9p2: Climb the corner to a roof (crux). Pull the roof by some contortion, and follow easier ground to the top. 70', 5.10a. ...[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!