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Shiprock has two of the longest climbs at Pictured Rocks(Somn Somn, Over the Counter), along with Tarzan a popluar first or second lead.

Getting There 

From the Main trail walk past Wild Iowa Wall, past A Wall, The Comic Gallery, and Ice Cave Wall. Follow the high trail. You should come to a formation that that has a gully going up on the left and a trail leading down to the right, this is Shiprock, and the route you see is Tarzan.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shiprock:
Tarzan   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   
Over The Counter   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 75'   
Silk Road (aka Somn Somn)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
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Featured Route For Shiprock
Somn Somn - starts directly behind the tree

Silk Road (aka Somn Somn) 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  IA : Pictured Rocks : Shiprock
First bolt is a bit high, easy climbing up to it. A few tricky moves getting up to the main face. For the most part good pockets on a mostly vertical face, a few bulges....[more]   Browse More Classics in IA

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By Dan Roberts
From: Eastern Iowa
Feb 20, 2009
Never fear as the trail gets a bit smaller and smaller the farther up river you go. Just stay between the cliffs and the water and you shall be fine. Very nice belay pad for tarzan to let you know that you are there. Also a large vine running up the side of the rock. Vine is not on. Kind of a landmark of sorts. OTC and Somn Somn are just to the right.
By Joe Stark
From: Iowa
Jul 20, 2012
There are now nice, cedar steps leading down the hill to Silk Road and Over the Counter. Cedar belays, too. This hillside has been a constant source of erosion troubles. The old RR ties have been removed. Please help this hillside come back into a state of vegetation and stick to the established trail. Thanks and enjoy.
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