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BETA PHOTO: Jason Burton leading the first pitch of Jim Dandy
Jim Dandy is just fun. The first pitch is so-so, but the second pitch angles up and out onto the exposed face via some steps and ramp-ish features to a short crack. From the second belay, it's 4th class to the ledge. You can finish via My Route (recommended) or the Block Route (also recommended, but shorter). You can also scramble off the ledge and hike back around to the base if you plan on doing any of the other East Face routes.
This is a great route for introducing beginners to multi-pitch climbing and exposure.
A few yards right of Peek-a-Boo climb the clean face to a ledge with a large tree.
Light rack and bolts. Take long runners.
Each belay has bolted anchors.
1st belay ledge of Jim Dandy
|By Jonathan Petsch|
From: Chattanooga, TN
Nov 25, 2007
best easy route on table rock. you can easily do the last pitch with no pro, as there are no bolts. if you would prefer, a placement for an orange TCU could be found about halfway up. it's like 4th class
|By Jake Gounaris|
Feb 25, 2010
This is a fun alternative to hiking to the ledge that assesses most of the climbing.
|By Dan Petty|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 7, 2010
There is one bolt about half way up the third pitch but it is very difficult to see.
|By Jacob Cioffoletti|
From: Morganton NC
May 23, 2011
There are 2 bolts on the third pitch. One about 5 feet from the ancors at foot level. The second one is half way up pitch.
Also the route can be treated as a sport route; the only runout is on the low 5th class, 3d pitch.
|By Mike Holley|
From: Boone, NC
Mar 13, 2012
Fast and easy way to climb to the top of Table Rock! You can totally climb this route with the block route link up with only quick draws ( maybe a tricam or two if you want to stitch it up). Climbed this route many times with new comers to the area and climbing in general and it offers excellent views with simple climbing and ease of use. Even free solo'd this route with the My route link up and Believe me I am not that brave!
Do it, doesn't take long and its a fun route!
Oct 9, 2012
Climbed Jim Dandy this weekend, fun climb. It was wet, misty, and about 50 degs. Took a little time to find the route due to not having a clear start point to reference at Table Rock if you don't know the feature such as "Peek-a-Boo Gully". The "Selected Climbs in NC" guide book was unclear and some features changed on how to get to the South, East, and North Face climbing areas (see Table rock section for an update). I've included a grid coordinate for Jim Dandy for future climbers to eliminate any problems trying to locate a known climbing feature to start from to find all other routes on the East face.
N 35 Deg, 53 min, 25.3 sec
W 081 deg, 52 min, 55.8 sec
"Peek-A-Boo" Gully is to the left of this grid
Enjoy and hope this helps and look no signs needed.
FYI: We rapped off with a 60 m rope off of Little Titties and Skip to My Lou's double bolted belay to the ground and came up about 15 ft short. We knowingly ended on a tree root in a crack between two slabs and scrambled down from there to the ground.