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Better Late Than Never Wall 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Lower Tier 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Main Tier 25 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Upper Tier 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Elevation: 4,394 ft
GPS: 36.099, -81.782 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Nick Stayner on Nov 16, 2006
Admins: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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
Edge of a Dream
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hindu Kush
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Boardwalk
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lost at Sea
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Borrowed Time
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Airlie Gardens
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Maiden Voyage
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Harpoon
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Linn Cove Lullaby
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
KB Capers
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
BOG Man
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Welcome to Watauga
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Anguish of Captain Bligh
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Gumfighter
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5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
The Broach
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Edge of a Dream Upper Tier 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Hindu Kush Main Tier 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Boardwalk Main Tier 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Lost at Sea Upper Tier 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Borrowed Time Main Tier 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Airlie Gardens Main Tier 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Maiden Voyage Upper Tier 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Harpoon Main Tier 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Linn Cove Lullaby Main Tier 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
KB Capers Main Tier 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
BOG Man Main Tier 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Welcome to Watauga Main Tier 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Anguish of Captain Bligh Main Tier 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Gumfighter Main Tier 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
The Broach Main Tier 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 2 pitches
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Scott Phil   NC
I'm speculating, but any restriction may be due to proximity to the viaduct or being on Grandfather Mountain. It is a fragile environment which is why the viaduct exists.

Even if there is no restriction, a concentration of climbers parking in the same area would quickly impact the road shoulder and lead to a formal restriction.

It's not that climbers are held to a different standard, but that we would all want to park in the same places. The policy of allowing parking on the shoulder is too encourage picnics, photography, etc. -- activities that tend to spread people out. Jun 15, 2017
Austin Goff
Winston-Salem, NC
Austin Goff   Winston-Salem, NC
This was my understanding, as well. It always seemed strange to me that climbers were held to a special parking standard that no other group on the parkway was required to obey. That being said. I am all for parking in a paved area where it makes sense. Jun 15, 2017
Brian Abram
Celo, NC
Brian Abram   Celo, NC
FWIW, I've have asked park law enforcement about this, and I was told you can park on the side of the road anywhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway that does not have a No Parking sign except for the Asheville Watershed area, as long as all four wheels are off the pavement. That doesn't mean folks should not try to keep as low a presence as possible, but that is what I was told. And there is an argument to be made for climbers to not take up a bunch of parking at the often overflowing Rough Ridge trailhead lot Jun 15, 2017
Brian Payst
Carrboro,NC
Brian Payst   Carrboro,NC
Friendly reminder - please do not park alongside the parkway. You can park in the Rough Ridge lot before you get to Ship (headed South) or at the Wilson Creek pull off just past the cliff. The approach is basically the same for each. Jun 12, 2017
Benandstuff
Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
This crag is without a doubt one of the best crags I have been to. The quality of everything- rock, climbing, approach, protection,setting- it's all either great or utterly fantastic. Highly recommend. Jun 5, 2017
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Denver
D B   Denver
They can, saw a couple last weekend. Tie them up if other people are around, though! Nov 5, 2013
John Braun
Hendersonville, NC
John Braun   Hendersonville, NC
Can dogs make it to the Upper Tier? Nov 5, 2013
Nick Stayner
Wymont Kingdom
Nick Stayner   Wymont Kingdom
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. Mar 27, 2007

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