Elevation: 4,394 ft
GPS: 36.099, -81.782 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 115,140 total · 693/month
Shared By: Nick Stayner on Nov 16, 2006 with improvements by Scott Phil
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! / 2020 Raptor Closures on the Nantahala-Pisgah LIFTED Details

Description

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.

Getting There

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ship Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 171
Edge of a Dream
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 113
Hindu Kush
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 182
Boardwalk
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 116
Lost at Sea
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Walk The Plank
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 120
Borrowed Time
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 71
Airlie Gardens
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 145
Harpoon
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 94
Linn Cove Lullaby
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 62
KB Capers
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 56
BOG Man
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 39
Welcome to Watauga
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 64
Anguish of Captain Bligh
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 36
The Broach
Trad 2 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 45
Gumfighter
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Edge of a Dream Upper Tier
 171
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Hindu Kush Main Tier
 113
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Boardwalk Main Tier
 182
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Lost at Sea Upper Tier
 116
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Walk The Plank Upper Tier
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Borrowed Time Main Tier
 120
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Airlie Gardens Main Tier
 71
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Harpoon Main Tier
 145
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Linn Cove Lullaby Main Tier
 94
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
KB Capers Main Tier
 62
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
BOG Man Main Tier
 56
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Welcome to Watauga Main Tier
 39
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Anguish of Captain Bligh Main Tier
 64
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
The Broach Main Tier
 36
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 2 pitches
Gumfighter Main Tier
 45
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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