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Shiprock has two of the longest climbs at Pictured Rocks(Somn Somn, Over the Counter), along with Tarzan a popluar first or second lead.

Getting There 

From the Main trail walk past Wild Iowa Wall, past A Wall, The Comic Gallery, and Ice Cave Wall. Follow the high trail. You should come to a formation that that has a gully going up on the left and a trail leading down to the right, this is Shiprock, and the route you see is Tarzan.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Shiprock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shiprock:
Tarzan   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   
Over The Counter   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 75'   
Silk Road (aka Somn Somn)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
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Featured Route For Shiprock
Rock Climbing Photo: Nick on TR.  First bolt is high.  If Nick was lead...

Over The Counter 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  Iowa : Pictured Rocks : Shiprock
The crux is between the first and second bolt, one tricky move. Butt bombs onto rocks/tree roots are possible. After the second bolt, great cruising on jugs. When you get to the big hueco stay to the right of it....[more]   Browse More Classics in Iowa

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By Dan Roberts
From: Eastern Iowa
Feb 20, 2009
Never fear as the trail gets a bit smaller and smaller the farther up river you go. Just stay between the cliffs and the water and you shall be fine. Very nice belay pad for tarzan to let you know that you are there. Also a large vine running up the side of the rock. Vine is not on. Kind of a landmark of sorts. OTC and Somn Somn are just to the right.
By J. Stark
From: Iowa
Jul 20, 2012
There are now nice, cedar steps leading down the hill to Silk Road and Over the Counter. Cedar belays, too. This hillside has been a constant source of erosion troubles. The old RR ties have been removed. Please help this hillside come back into a state of vegetation and stick to the established trail. Thanks and enjoy.

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