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YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Bob Mitchell, Bob Gillespie - 1970
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Oct 15, 2006  with updates from 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.

Photos of Peek-a-Boo Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: As full on as 5.5 can get
As full on as 5.5 can get
Rock Climbing Photo: P2 of Peek-a-boo. This is one of my most favorite ...
P2 of Peek-a-boo. This is one of my most favorite ...
Rock Climbing Photo: My buddy and I had difficulty finding the P1 belay...
BETA PHOTO: My buddy and I had difficulty finding the P1 belay...
Rock Climbing Photo: Having made the famous "move" on P2 of P...
Having made the famous "move" on P2 of P...
Rock Climbing Photo: He is at the start of Peek-a-Boo. Scramble up the ...
BETA PHOTO: He is at the start of Peek-a-Boo. Scramble up the ...
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: Justin leading, Brian hanging on belay in the midd...
Justin leading, Brian hanging on belay in the midd...
Rock Climbing Photo: after p2 traverse
after p2 traverse
Rock Climbing Photo: almost to anchors on p1, this pitch is super long!
almost to anchors on p1, this pitch is super long!
Rock Climbing Photo: starting on p1
starting on p1
Rock Climbing Photo: Right after the one-move-wonder
Right after the one-move-wonder
Rock Climbing Photo: P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading P1
BETA PHOTO: Leading P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber following the first pitch of Peek-...
Unknown climber following the first pitch of Peek-...
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis Thomas approaching the second belay on Peek...
Travis Thomas approaching the second belay on Peek...

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By Rob Dillon
Oct 16, 2006

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.
By Chris Chaney
From: Stanton, Kentucky
Oct 16, 2006

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.
By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Nov 16, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

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.
By ziggy
Nov 17, 2009

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.
By John Saunders
From: Cornelius, NC
May 2, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

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.
By Scott O
From: California
Sep 7, 2011

Agree with John. MUCH more than 100' on the first pitch.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Apr 10, 2012

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!!
By Austin Harris
Jul 2, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c 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.
By Will Copeland
From: Driggs
Nov 22, 2013

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.
By Kyle Kimball
From: Asheville, NC
Apr 13, 2014

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...
By Jed N
From: Raleigh, NC
Aug 6, 2014

Climbing is not that great aside from THE move on second pitch.
By Curtis Baird
Dec 26, 2014
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

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!
By Adam Fleming
From: Moab, Utah
Mar 19, 2016
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

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.
By ImNtYrGuyBddy
Mar 21, 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.
By Steve Lineberry
From: Charlotte, NC
Mar 22, 2016

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.
By Russ Keane
Jun 4, 2016

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.
By jwenstrup
Jul 5, 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.
By Gary Wheaton
From: Lexington Park, Maryland
Oct 4, 2016

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.
By Scott Phil
From: NC
Oct 4, 2016

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.
By Michael Johnston
Oct 16, 2017

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.

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