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Shiprock
Shiprock is a monadnock rising 1,583 feet above the high desert near the Four Corners area of New Mexico.  The peak itself is 7,177 feet above sea level.  The Navajo name Tse Bit'a'i ("Rock with Wings or Winged Rock) refers to the legend of the great bird that brought the Navajo from the north to their present home.  Anglos called it "The Needle"--a name given to the prominent pinnacle by Captain J. F. McComb in 1860; the name "Shiprock" is derived from its appearance like that of a giant 19th Century clipper ship.  Shiprock is composed of fractured volcanic breccia and igneous rock and is the remnant of the throat of a volcano.  The first recorded climb was in 1939 by the Sierra Club; at least seven other climbing routes have been made since then--all with extreme difficulty.  (Photo taken Sept. 11, 2015). 

Chimney Rock is located about 40 miles north of Shiprock in Colorado on the Ute Tribal Park.  Shiprock can be seen from Chimney Rock. (Photo taken Sept. 11, 2015).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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