Lady Climbers of the Carolinas, let's go rock Ship Rock, a stunning Trad Climbing destination near Grandfather Mountain NC off the Blue Ridge Parkway! Click on the photo above to appreciate the beautiful views from this crag. We chose this area as it's usually one of the cooler crags on which to climb during those hot Carolina summers. Please read event specifics below:
Parking: Rough Ridge Overlook Parking Area (Milepost 302.8) & Wilson Creek Overlook (Milepost 303.6). Milepost marker numbers increase as you go from North to South (MP0 to MP 469). Carpooling is STRONGLY recommended as the parking lots are small and Rough Ridge hiking trails are extremely popular in Summer. Please do NOT park on the grass outside the parking lots or along the road. The Access Trail is about 1/2 mile South of Rough Ridge Lot and 1/2 mile North of Wilson Creek Lot. (see below). We would like to meet at the Access Trail (roughly Milepost 303.0) at 9 AM and hike in together. Blue Ridge Parkway map and link to navigation apps:https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/parkway-maps/
Directions from Parking Lots: See the "Getting There" section of this link:https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105887629/ship-rock
Camping: Julian Price Memorial Park (MP 297.0) and Linville Falls (MP 316.0) area both have campgrounds. The former has showers, the latter does not. Camping is NOT permitted outside designated campgrounds or without a permit at backcountry sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For reservations click this link: https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/camping.htm
Number of Participants: 8 climbers inexperienced in/uncomfortable with Trad Lead Climbing and Belaying. (This is not a Sport Climbing crag). Unlimited number of experienced Trad Climbers. This is NOT a safe area for children and there are several ecologically-delicate areas at the top of the crag. Thus, we ask that ONLY those who are climbing come to the event. A
***Please note your level of experience/comfort with Trad Climbing upon sign up so we are sure not to exceed the limit for those wanting to Top Rope.
Event Information: We must limit the number of inexperienced participants due to limited physical space on the Upper Tier of Ship Rock as we will be setting up Top Ropes on 5.7-5.9 routes for those climbers there. We want to give everyone adequate time and space to climb. Experienced Trad Climbers can spread out to other Tiers of Ship Rock where routes range from 5.7-5.12. We hope to end the evening with dinner at a restaurant in Boone, NC.
What to Bring:
ROPES (we definitely need as many as we can get!)
LAYERS OF CLOTHING (Yes, it may be 90F elsewhere but it can get QUITE cool at Ship Rock in mid-Summer!)
Plenty of Water/Hydration (there are NO stores nearby)
Food for the day
Approach Shoes (the climb to the crag is steep)
EVERYONE MUST HAVE A SIGNED GWC WAIVER ON FILE TO ATTEND!
POC: Sheley Revis