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For a second pitch of Duchess the obvious choice is the right chimney. Another option is the crack one over to the left: It starts as a wide pod, then narrows down to fist size. Getting out of the pod onto the next small ledge is the crux.


3" or 4" for the wide part?


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Hamik Mukelyan
Manhattan Beach, CA
Hamik Mukelyan   Manhattan Beach, CA
Some guidebooks show this as a continuation of the moderate Duchess routes below. It is indeed 5.10! Apr 16, 2012
Matt Hagny
Matt Hagny  
I did the variation on the left, going up thru the overhanging pod that narrows to a crack. I, too, made the mistake of thinking I was doing the 5.6 middle Duchess line, and cursing the sandbagging! Took a big winger. I think it is a 10 for sure by J-Tree ratings. Took me several tries, but I got it. Fun! May 30, 2015