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Jim Dandy 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Karl Rohnke, Jim Merritt - 1968
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Oct 16, 2006  with updates from Tim Irwin

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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.

Photos of Jim Dandy Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st Pitch belay ledge
1st Pitch belay ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: View from Lunch Ledge at top of Jim Dandy.
View from Lunch Ledge at top of Jim Dandy.
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st belay ledge of Jim Dandy
1st belay ledge of Jim Dandy
Rock Climbing Photo: Near base of Peek-a-Boo. It's to the left of him u...
BETA PHOTO: Near base of Peek-a-Boo. It's to the left of him u...
Rock Climbing Photo: Start up.
Start up.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the p2 ramp
On the p2 ramp
Rock Climbing Photo: P3 belay at lunch ledge - thus partner is eating
P3 belay at lunch ledge - thus partner is eating
Rock Climbing Photo: P1 belay
P1 belay
Rock Climbing Photo: Having fun on Jim Dandy
Having fun on Jim Dandy
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading out of the ramp section on P2 of Jim Dandy...
BETA PHOTO: Heading out of the ramp section on P2 of Jim Dandy...
Rock Climbing Photo: First belay ledge. The anchor in the background is...
First belay ledge. The anchor in the background is...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Burton leading the first pitch of Jim Dandy
BETA PHOTO: Jason Burton leading the first pitch of Jim Dandy

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By Jonathan Petsch
From: Chattanooga, TN
Nov 25, 2007
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

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: Wheat Ridge, 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!
By H2O
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.
By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Apr 25, 2016

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.
By Codey Sivley
From: Decatur, AL
Mar 18, 2017

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.
By Charles Ciaffone
Jun 18, 2017

Third pitch is a great place for a new trad leader to place pro for practice.

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