Type: Trad, 400 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Bob Mitchell, Bob Gillespie - 1970
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 15, 2006 with improvements by David Grahek
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Pitch 1: Climb up the slabby, left wall of the obvious, giant dihedral. Belay under the massive roof. 100 ft.
Pitch 2: Immediately step across the gap to the right wall of the dihedral. This is airy, and definitely the mental crux of the route. Shorter people may have to stretch. Traverse out onto the exposed face around the corner and then head up to a belay about 50 feet higher.
Pitch 3: Head up and slightly left aiming for a path into the vegetation.

Once you are on the big vegetated ledge, walk left looking for the last viable scramble to the summit. There are a couple bolts to protect the scramble. Walk off the summit trail.
Rob Dillon  
Four stars is a lot for a 3-pitch, one-move wonder with a long walkoff-- is this route really as good as the North Ridge? Worth doing, but not often. Oct 16, 2006
Chris Chaney
Stanton, Kentucky
Chris Chaney   Stanton, Kentucky
I really had a lot of fun on this one. It was much better than Cave Route, My Route, Helmet Buttress, and Skip to My Lou.

Maybe it is just three stars as opposed to four. I definitely think the North Ridge is the best route at Table Rock. Oct 16, 2006
Decatur, GA
saxfiend   Decatur, GA  
The first two pitches are great, but P3 is a lichen-infested pain in the tail, not worth doing as far as I'm concerned. Nov 16, 2006
the 5.9 direct finish of pitch 2 is quite fun. Traverse right at the 2nd pitch anchors and you can pick up on the pitch 2 anchors of Jim Dandy. as far as easy one move wonders go, this one is fun. The first pitch is a great first trad lead and can be done with a set of stoppers. Nov 17, 2009
John Saunders
Cornelius, NC
John Saunders   Cornelius, NC
Pitch 1 is much more than 100'. It's more like 160 and could take more depending on how much you wander low on the route. May 2, 2011
Scott O
Scott O   Anchorage
Agree with John. MUCH more than 100' on the first pitch. Sep 7, 2011
Mike Holley
Boone, NC
Mike Holley   Boone, NC
Super Excellent Climb!! First Pitch takes great pro all the way up if you stay in the seem proper and is mellow climbing. Second pitch is the gnar!! The notorious step across move to start off and then some nice exposed traversing with delicate crack climbing to finish! The variation the goes up the overhanging corner to the directly under the roof right after the step across move is super fun and will add a little spice (5.8-9ish moves) to the route, but if you do it make sure to protect the traverse well for your second! Have done it both variations and they are stellar!! Apr 10, 2012
Austin Harris
Rifle CO
5.8 PG13
Austin Harris   Rifle CO
5.8 PG13
The long traverse of Pitch 2 is not ideally protected. On P2, right after the 1st big 'crossing the void' move, you have a long 15-20 foot traverse to the right. If you're an experienced trad climber in harder grades and have an experienced second, this will be easy. If you are new to leading trad or following, this traverse can be scary and dangerous (potentially leading to a huge swing out for you or your second). And you can't ideally rappel off P1 anchors to ground. Jul 2, 2013
Will Copeland
Will Copeland   Driggs
This route is money! The first pitch is stellar and the peekaboo move is a shot of adrenaline, but perfectly protected. Love the end of the third pitch too. Steep moves on a huge, low angle runout. Nov 22, 2013
Kyle Kimball
Asheville, NC
Kyle Kimball   Asheville, NC
We topped out Peek a Boo today, and I would really not recommend it, because to get up to Lightning Ledge, you have to go through all of this burned vegetation and ashes, and the while the ground is falling apart below your feet. I bet I'll still have ashes in my clothes for a while... Apr 13, 2014
Jed Niffenegger
Raleigh, NC
Jed Niffenegger   Raleigh, NC
Climbing is not that great aside from THE move on second pitch. Aug 6, 2014
Curtis Baird
Johnson City, TN
Curtis Baird   Johnson City, TN
This is an interesting route. Technically not hard but it is mentally very tough. I wound not recommened bringing new climber on this route. The one move wonder is great! But, it is very commiting and a 60m rope will not get you to the ground if you don't want to do it. Leaders should protect their seconds on the traverse because a fall on the big step could result in a huge swing. P1 and P2 are good. P3 is not great. I could not find the correct line (Nothing looked 5.4). I took the line of least resistance up and right and ended up beside Kmart Special. Everything there is wet if it has rain within the last week. Climbed up wet moss and dripping rock and dove through the bushes onto lightning ledge about 20 ft from the top of Cave route with about 10 ft of rope left (rope drag was terrible). Needless to say, rap from P2 and get on something else to the top. A good route regardless! Dec 26, 2014
Adam Fleming
Adam Fleming   Moab
Don't bother continuing after you reach p2's anchor. My partner and I endured the rope drag to get to lightning ledge, but you're better off rapping down to Jim Dandy's p1 ledge and finishing up from there. Mar 19, 2016
I feel like there is some info missing on this climb? What rack should I bring? 70m rope or two 60ms? Want to teach my wife to lead trad on this and I don't want to go unprepared. Mar 21, 2016
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
Steve Lineberry   Charlotte, NC  
Hey southpark (ImNtYrGuyBddy), I feel that Jim Dandy would be a better first trad lead than this route. It is less scary and you are actually plugging gear between bolts. Cave Route would probably also be a better one than peek a boo.

To answer your question I'm not sure about a 70 but I know two 60's work. Mar 22, 2016
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
This route is AWESOME! I can't believe people would call P2 a one move wonder. It's so freaking exciting and interesting, the whole way. I have never had so much fun in one 80 ft pitch. Very very Gunks-like after P1. I literally cannot believe it was only 5.5. The traverse is so heady..... I was freaking gripped man. You are not out of the woods after the move over the gap! Not at all. It was a BLAST! Super exposed and a diverse offering of skills and moves. Jun 4, 2016
P1 more like 150ft. You will not be able to see the bolted anchor until within 15 ft of the anchor. Belay station found after several ledges on your way up and directly underneath the roof above. Follow the lichen free sections to the anchor. Jul 5, 2016
Gary Wheaton
Lexington Park, Maryland
Gary Wheaton   Lexington Park, Maryland
As far as rapping off of the pitch two anchors, a 70 meter rope gets you about ten feet above the ledge at the top of pitch one of Jim. Very easy down climb. Oct 4, 2016
Scott Phil   NC
Definitely better to rap from the pitch two anchors. If you are using two 60 meters be careful with your knots. The rappel is not complicated, but it would be better to have some experience rapping before doing this one. Oct 4, 2016
Michael Johnston
Charlotte, NC
Michael Johnston   Charlotte, NC
The first pitch is pleasant, although something like North Ridge is probably a better first trad lead. 40 m. The direct variation to the second pitch is fantastic! It takes the second pitch from being a one move wonder to having quite a bit of interesting climbing to it. Seems possible to rap from the P2 anchors with a 70m I would guess. We had an 80m rope and plenty left over. Oct 16, 2017
Will Maness
Jackson, WY
Will Maness   Jackson, WY
To echo what Gary Wheaton said (and to clear up any confusion since), you can NOT reach the P1 anchors for Jim Dandy from the P2 anchors on Peek-a-Boo with a 70m rope. My rope is a full 70m, and we were about 15ft short of the ledge. We did decide to come off rappel and climb down to the ledge, and it was very easy climbing...but still never a welcome option. If the upper pitches are mank like they were for us, another viable option would seem to be to rap down and climber's right to the P2 anchors for Jim and climb one more pitch up to Lunch Ledge and walk off. Just want to make sure people are safe! Cheers! Oct 8, 2018
My partner and decided to top-out via third pitch and the Lightning Ledge walk off. We did it safely, but I would not recommend this approach to anyone. The lichen, wet moss, dead trees, and rope drag made everything above the P2 anchors kinda miserable.

That being said, P1 and P2 were fantastic. The step across was simple for me (6'2") but difficult for my 5'4" partner. There was a stuck TCU immediately after the first bolt of P2 that I clipped... otherwise I didn't see any obvious way to protect the traverse besides the hair-seam crack at the far end of the ledge. Loved the exposure, would climb those first two pitches again. Nov 23, 2018