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Ship Rock Rock Climbing 


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Location: 36.099, -81.7815 View Map  Incorrect?
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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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Weather station 1.9 miles from here

39 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',6],['5.9',6],['5.10',7],['5.11',13],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ship Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ship Rock:
Edge of a Dream   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 70'   Upper Tier
Boardwalk   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   Main Tier
Walk The Plank   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Upper Tier
Hindu Kush   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Main Tier
Lost at Sea   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 70'   Upper Tier
Airlie Gardens   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   Main Tier
Maiden Voyage   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Upper Tier
Borrowed Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Tier
Fire Point   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Tier
Strattle Castor   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Better Late Than Never Wall
KB Capers   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   Main Tier
Harpoon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Tier
Linn Cove Lullaby   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Main Tier
Welcome to Watauga   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   Main Tier
Special Forces   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Tier
BOG Man   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   Main Tier
First Flight   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Main Tier
Anguish of Captain Bligh   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Tier
Gumfighter   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Tier
The Broach   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   Main Tier
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Featured Route For Ship Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Let freedom ring

The Broach 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  North Carolina : Ship Rock : Main Tier
This is one of the most badass lines in the Boone region, if not the state. An overhanging, angling pumpfest, the line is also surprisingly doable for the grade. Get on it and don't let go! The crux of this amazing line might be locking off to peer into the horizontal for gear. P1-Start as for Linn Cove Lullaby, but instead of heading left for the underclings and traverses, stay straight on easy terrain, heading for a large right-facing corner. Set the belay with medium stoppers at an absolutel...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

Photos of Ship Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Trew on Special Opps 12a Ship Rock
Mike Trew on Special Opps 12a Ship Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: cruz mclean on castaway 5.11+
cruz mclean on castaway 5.11+
Rock Climbing Photo: Ship Rock from the Grandmother overlook at Grandfa...
Ship Rock from the Grandmother overlook at Grandfa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain while climb...
Beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain while climb...
Rock Climbing Photo: From the BRP
From the BRP
Rock Climbing Photo: Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Rock Climbing Photo: The ships prow?
The ships prow?
Rock Climbing Photo: SS and SF on the Blue Ridge Parkway Oct. 09
SS and SF on the Blue Ridge Parkway Oct. 09
Rock Climbing Photo: A view south from the top of Ship Rock towards Tab...
A view south from the top of Ship Rock towards Tab...

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By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Mar 27, 2007
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.
By John Braun
From: Hendersonville, NC
Nov 5, 2013
Can dogs make it to the Upper Tier?
By D B
From: Denver
Nov 5, 2013
They can, saw a couple last weekend. Tie them up if other people are around, though!
By bumbum
Dec 3, 2014

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