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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.


35 Total Routes


['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',6],['5.10',6],['5.11',11],['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]

The Classics

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

Boardwalk 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  NC : Ship Rock : Main Tier
Boardwalk is a classic 5.8, one of the best routes of its grade in the High Country. Basically, wander up lower-angle terrain on huge horizontals to a prominent rail that angles up and right towards the arete. Follow this rail to a vertical crack. Continue up and trend left to a corner with a bush at the base. Either belay near this bush or continue up (the route is easily done in one pitch). Climb the corner and trend towards the obvious weakness in the roof above (crux). Above the roof, horizo...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

Photos of Ship Rock Slideshow Add Photo
This photo was taken from just North of the Linn Cove Viaduct. The routes marked are some of the most popular. However there are MANY more great routes. This is just an overview to get you looking in the right spots. Please don't walk off from the top. Access is being threatened because of "climbers trails" on top. Rapp back to the bottom and walk out. Enjoy
BETA PHOTO: This photo was taken from just North of the Linn C...
SS and SF on the Blue Ridge Parkway Oct. 09
SS and SF on the Blue Ridge Parkway Oct. 09
From the BRP
From the BRP
A view south from the top of Ship Rock towards Table Rock and Linville Gorge
A view south from the top of Ship Rock towards Tab...
Boardwalk
Boardwalk
The ships prow?
The ships prow?
Beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain while climbing at Shiprock.
Beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain while climb...
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By Nick Stayner
From: The Magic City
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 David Barbour
From: Longmont, CO
Nov 5, 2013

They can, saw a couple last weekend. Tie them up if other people are around, though!