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Bologna Pony T,S 
Etch-A-Sketch T 
Half Day's Work T 
Ice Cream Turned to Shit T 
Keel Haul T 
Man Overboard T 
Portal T 
Sarchasm S 
Scots on the Rocks T 
Ship Of Fools T,S 
Tunnel of Love T 
Yard Arms T 

Ship's Prow  

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Elevation: 12,800'
Location: 40.2543, -105.605 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Jul 30, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Ship's Prow viewed from the north side of Chasm La...


The Ship's Prow is the comparatively small crag to the south (left) of Chasm Lake on the way up to the Diamond of Long's Peak. While it seems diminutive at first glance, it's actually a good, steep cliff ranging from 300-500 feet tall -- it just looks small because of the backdrop.

The routes here are all trad, with the exception of Bologna Pony and Sarchasm on the far right. In 2004-6, Topher Donahue has put up some 5.13s here, Yardarms, Etch-a-Sketch, and The Keel Haul.

There is plenty of room for development especially along the continuation of South-facing side Ship's Prow which is also known as Glacier Ridge.

Descent either are done by rappel, continuing west on the ridge to the West side of Chasm Lake, or a treacherous ramp right of the Great Dihedral (consider rappels in here).

Getting There 

Follow the Long's Peak trail (the standard slog, aka "Long's Peak East Trail") for about 3.5 miles to a small saddle above treeline where the trail splits. Take the left fork to Chasm Lake (it's signed); you'll reach the lake in about 20 minutes from this junction.

The Ship's Prow is the obvious, prow-shaped formation just south and uphill of the lake. It sits just right of the long talus slope leading up to The Loft.

Climbing Season

For the Long's Peak area.

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ship's Prow:
Portal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 440'   
Scots on the Rocks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 550'   
Bologna Pony   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 3 pitches, 280'   
Sarchasm   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Etch-a-Sketch topo.

Etch-A-Sketch 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ship's Prow
Watch for a gymnastic placement for a #0 (purple) Metolius TCU on your right at the lip of the roof that protects the 5.13 crux. After the belay, (1 bolt and pin) look for a 1.25" cam up to the left before traversing right into the runout 5.12 3rd pitch. The cruxes on this climb are spicy, but the falls are clean even if your pants are not....Tommy said this route and nearby Keel Haul and Yard Arms are the best naturally protected face climbs he's ever done. T...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Ship's Prow Slideshow Add Photo
Ship's Prow from the North East end of Chasm Lake.
Ship's Prow from the North East end of Chasm Lake.
Eerie photo, looks like a Ship's prow coming throu...
Eerie photo, looks like a Ship's prow coming throu...
The South Face of Ship's Prow.
BETA PHOTO: The South Face of Ship's Prow.
Ships prow as seen from east ridge of Meeker
BETA PHOTO: Ships prow as seen from east ridge of Meeker
Ship's Prow in the clouds.
Ship's Prow in the clouds.
Ship's Prow in November 09.
Ship's Prow in November 09.
Ships Prow north side above Chasm Lake
BETA PHOTO: Ships Prow north side above Chasm Lake
Ship's Prow from MLW.
Ship's Prow from MLW.
Ship's Prow on early morning approach to Long's Ea...
Ship's Prow on early morning approach to Long's Ea...

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jul 7, 2003
The walk off from this is difficult to find, then at best, loose and dangerous. As well, the noted downclimb of Gangplank's top pitch (5.7, loose) to reach Ship Of Fools is not [recommended]. With this in mind, we took Gillett's suggestion in his recent book to heart and put in an anchor up top. No bolts were required, as this was done on hexes and slings. Lower raps were also rebuilt or reinforced. The last rap still needs a 20' webbing around the big flake to back up the cable. Sorry, I was out of stuff when we arrived.

It is presently possible to descend the formation safely via rappel on Ship Of Fools. Before you "booty" this gear, please consider the intent of those who placed it as a community service. The new station is not at all visible from anywhere but where it stands and is not an eyesore. As well, if you take the gear, you'll end up doing a nasty loose downclimb 450' up, or walking off the back side. I've done that before and it sucks- the objective hazard of loose rock and gravel on slopes after last year's slide is not very reasonable.

By Jason Haas
Aug 5, 2015
Half Day's Work, just left of Stromboli, went free by Tony Bubb and myself last weekend. The grade was easy enough that if anyone had repeated the route, they most likely would have done it free. However, Bernard Gillet, Richard Rossiter, Dumais, and even the park rangers have never heard of or seen anyone on the route, and all hold we did an FFA. The original pins (some less than a quarter driven) were still on route and help mark the way. A rack to #3 Camalot is sufficient, and the photo on p71 of Rossiter's new book marks the way.
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