Elevation: 12,800 ft
GPS: 40.254, -105.605 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Jul 30, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Closures Details

Description

The Ship's Prow is the comparatively small crag to the south (left) of Chasm Lake on the way up to the Diamond of Long's Peak. While it seems diminutive at first glance, it's actually a good, steep cliff ranging from 300-500 feet tall -- it just looks small because of the backdrop.

The routes here are all trad, with the exception of Bologna Pony and Sarchasm on the far right. In 2004-6, Topher Donahue has put up some 5.13s here, Yardarms, Etch-a-Sketch, and The Keel Haul.

There is plenty of room for development especially along the continuation of South-facing side Ship's Prow which is also known as Glacier Ridge.

Descent either are done by rappel, continuing west on the ridge to the West side of Chasm Lake, or a treacherous ramp right of the Great Dihedral (consider rappels in here).

Getting There

Follow the Long's Peak trail (the standard slog, aka "Long's Peak East Trail") for about 3.5 miles to a small saddle above treeline where the trail splits. Take the left fork to Chasm Lake (it's signed); you'll reach the lake in about 20 minutes from this junction.

The Ship's Prow is the obvious, prow-shaped formation just south and uphill of the lake. It sits just right of the long talus slope leading up to The Loft.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ship's Prow

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Leaning Tower
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 13
Portal
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Scots on the Rocks
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 4
Ship Of Fools
Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 12
Bologna Pony
Trad, Sport, Alpine 3 pitches
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 3
Etch-A-Sketch
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 4
Sarchasm
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Leaning Tower
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Portal
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Scots on the Rocks
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Ship Of Fools
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad, Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Bologna Pony
 12
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport, Alpine 3 pitches
Etch-A-Sketch
 3
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Sarchasm
 4
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport, Alpine
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