Type: Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Karl Rohnke, Jim Merritt - 1968
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 16, 2006 with updates from Tim Irwin
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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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.

Pitches 1 and 2 are heavily bolted so being lots of quickdraws as well as trad gear. Pitch 3 end diagonally right from the anchor at the top of pitch 2. Do not climb straight up the black stone directly in fromt of pitch 2's belay ledge as it leads to lots of moss and lichen.


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.
Jonathan Petsch
Chattanooga, TN
Jonathan Petsch   Chattanooga, TN
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 Nov 25, 2007
Jake G.
Jake G.   Maryland
This is a fun alternative to hiking to the ledge that assesses most of the climbing. Feb 25, 2010
Dan Petty
Wheat Ridge, CO
Dan Petty   Wheat Ridge, CO
There is one bolt about half way up the third pitch but it is very difficult to see. May 7, 2010
Jacob Cioffoletti
Boone, NC
Jacob Cioffoletti   Boone, NC
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. May 23, 2011
Mike Holley
Boone, NC
Mike Holley   Boone, NC
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! Mar 13, 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. Oct 9, 2012
Winston-Salem, NC
Benandstuff   Winston-Salem, NC
While the movement on this route is nothing special, the exposure, position, and features make up for it. Can definitely be done with only draws if you don't mind the trad bolt spacing. But if you have gear, there are plenty of placements. Apr 25, 2016
Codey Sivley
Decatur, AL
Codey Sivley   Decatur, AL
Once on the lunch ledge, there is a northern path where you can hike off.

Almost got benighted since we were stuck behind a slower party, didn't realize that there was a convenient escape.

The hike off is a short trail to a 4th class scramble with a permanent hand line. After about 15-20 feet it settles back down to easy trails. Mar 18, 2017
Charles Ciaffone
Asheville, NC
Charles Ciaffone   Asheville, NC
Third pitch is a great place for a new trad leader to place pro for practice. Jun 18, 2017
Mark NH
Mark NH   03053
Great fun when combined with the last pitch of Cave Route. Though I think it should be mentioned that the walk off lightning ledge to “new” climbers might be a bit intimidating! Good thing it’s bolted in spots as a couple places a slip would end pretty badly! Oct 19, 2017
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
Steve Lineberry   Charlotte, NC  
It's been a while but if I remember correctly the lunch ledge walk off is a short scramble down a gully with a tree. Maybe 15 ft or so. Then you hike down and around back to your gear. You end up climbers right a hundred feet or so from where cave route begins. Like I said, it's been a while so I could be off base here but I don't remember it being a big deal. Aug 20, 2018