Trad, 180 ft, 2 pitches,
Avg: 3.1 from 105
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: A couple of options. All variations funnel into the indimidating roof above. The standard follows the obvious, 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'
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.
pulling the crux right below the anchors of the first pitch
Matt Schneider showing you what not to do when attempting the crux on the 1st pitch of Hindu Kush. Steve Bowling belaying.
5.9 balancy, reachy slab leading to the funky roof move!
P1 of Hindu Kush (Original Start), 5.8.
Steve Bowlin pulling the crux move near the top of the 1st pitch of Hindu Kush.
P1 5.9 bolted variation. This is the two-bolt slab that meets up with the original line of Hindu Kush. Fun, technical, and reachy.