Pat Goodman free solo on the standard route IV 5.9.
Ship Rock – considered by most to be off-limits due to Navajo beliefs, is most certainly the most impressive rock formation in the four corners region! The Navajo believe Ship Rock to be the ancient remains of the creature – a large bird – that brought them to their homeland. A sacred site for the Navajo indeed! To climbers it represents a great climbing challenge, also the site of the first expansion bolt used to help facilitate an ascent on a major rock climb in the US. Through many trails and tribulations, not to mention the fact I was born and raised in Farmington, I have secured a rite of passage for worship and soul search on the formation. I have climbed to the summit many times and over the years continually read accounts recorded in the summit register of happy “poachers” climbing this sacred rock for the hell of it – bad idea! If you wish to travel in the Navajo Lands and climb, please take the time to learn the history, the culture, and the respect of the Navajo.
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