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Ship Of Fools 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Steve Grossman, Paul Davidson, Jim Haisley
Season: Spring to Fall
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Ship of Fools is located in the middle of the right side (east-facing) side of The Prow. A boulder problem up steep rock deposits you into a shallow left-facing corner above. Follow this up to the rim via easier climbing.



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First good hold.  No turning back now.  The start is all business on this great route.
First good hold. No turning back now. The start ...
Nice November day at the Prow.
Nice November day at the Prow.
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By Kole DeCou
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 23, 2007
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b

The start of this route seems to keep getting harder. I'd now consider the boulder problem to be at least 5.10.

By Larry Coats
Oct 28, 2007

A safety trick for the start that was revealed to me quite late, after scaring myself getting off the ground many times- a #3 Friend (or probably a blue Camalot) fits in a VERY inobvious slot under the left side of the overhang (rotate the cam 180 degrees to check that you have the right placement). It truly is solid, and provides excellent pro for the start.

By juggy
From: Lakewood Colorado
Nov 19, 2007

Wasn't impressed, felt like 5.8ish

By Bret
May 13, 2009

Was just there this last weekend and a good chunk of the #3 camalot (or 3 Friend) placement Larry Coats references had fallen off! So now, there's a 2 lobe #3 placement protecting the crux sidepull move(which has also gotten smaller but not much, if any, harder according to friends that did the route).

By talkinrocks
From: Boulder, CO
May 29, 2009
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

Starting this climb and geting off the ground definatly felt like the crux of this fun climb. Lieback with both hands on big hold with small polished feet to jug for the right hand and into the finger crack higher up on the left. Definatly kinda scary and unprotected about 6 feet off the deck. The rest of the climb was a cruiser and fun. I'd call it 5.10.

By Greg DeMatteo
From: W. Lebanon, NH
Apr 13, 2010

Bret is correct about the 2 lobe #3 camalot placement. The beginning of this route is a funky boulder problem now (moreso than before) and you'll want a good spot.