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Peek-a-Boo 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b [details]
FA: Bob Mitchell, Bob Gillespie - 1970
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Oct 15, 2006
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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.



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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: Arvada, Colorado
    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
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    From: Decatur, GA
    Nov 16, 2006
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 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 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 Chris Massey
    Oct 22, 2012

    Did first two pitches with my 14 year old son last Friday. Rapping over the three roofs on the double rope rappel back to top of P1 Jim Dandy ledge definately got his attention. Be careful on that rappel.

    By Austin Harris
    Jul 2, 2013
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 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
    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...