Type: Trad, 180 ft (55 m), 2 pitches
FA: Bob Mitchell, Dan Perry 1981
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Hindu Kush is another classic Ship Rock moderate. A taste of North Carolina steep burl with absolutely gigantic holds!

Pitch 1: There are a couple of variations, all of which funnel into the intimidating roof above. The standard follows the obvious but hard to protect low-angle corner, which comes into the roof from the right, 5.8. The second (my favorite) starts left of the corner and climbs a two-bolt slab to the roof, which is 5.9. The final, which would make for a heady lead, starts directly beneath the roof in a gorgeous left-facing corner at .10+. After pulling a "topout" move onto the ledge above the roof, belay from bolts or rap off. 70'

Pitch 2: Head right to an obvious easy corner and wander up the path of least resistance, 5.8, or climb the roof directly off the belay and continue up a system of corners and bulges, 5.10a.  Belay at the clifftop. 110'Old guidebooks show pitch 2 being split into two which will help with rope drag.NOTE: One can also traverse left to the second pitch of KB Capers.


The route is just right of KB Capers. Look for a clean, left facing corner. This is the direct variation (5.10+). Just right is the slab variation (5.9). And just right of that is the standard corner (5.8).
To descend, rappel off the Boardwalk anchors.


A single rack should see you through any of the variations. A #4 Camalot protects the heel-hook/topout move onto the ledge on P. 1. It might be nice, if you're unfamiliar with heel-hooking and the mantle, techniques not common on 5.8 routes.