Type: Trad, Alpine, 600 ft (182 m), 4 pitches, Grade III
FA: Michael Gardner, Jimmy Voorhis - July 20, 2017
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Shared By: Vic Zeilman on May 17, 2024
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

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Description Suggest change

Wooden Ships is a special route in a special setting with some high quality sections of climbing throughout. It is a line that is worthy of more traffic from proper suitors. The crux pitch is a bit ‘go for it’ with solid climbing above tricky or absent gear placements, but the majority of the climb protects well. The last pitch finishes at the Step Across move on Wall Street, feeding seamlessly into the Upper Exum route.

 P1. (5.7) Fairly nondescript, moderate climbing leads through dark rock to a large ledge above. Belay near a small flake below a small roof/overlap feature where dark rock meets light rock.

P2. (5.10- R) Kind of a cryptic pitch. Steep, crimpy climbing leads through the left edge of the small “roof.” Above this, traverse hard right for a few body lengths on good feet and continue up black rock to a mantle move on the face above. Continue up light colored rock and belay near the base of a prominent, arching wide crack.

P3. (5.9+) Follow the wide crack as it graduals eases off into a 5.8 corner. Belay on a small ledge below another prominent corner that leads to the Step Across move on Wall Street.

P4. (5.7) Climb this excellent corner and belay at the base of the Golden Staircase on the Upper Exum. Continue to the summit via the Upper Exum or reverse the Wall Street approach to descend.

Location Suggest change

Two options:
Approach as for Wall Street. Once in the Wall Street Couloir, descent to a large ledge further down in the couloir and follow this ledge to a large memorial cairn near the base of the route.

Approach as for the Durrance Direct. Wooden Ships begins on the same ledge system approximately 400' or so past the first pitch (chockstone chimney) of the Durrance Direct/Lower Exum. Start downhill of the cairn. 

Protection Suggest change

Double rack to #3, stoppers and a few microcams