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Duchess Pitch 2 Variation 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: steple on Jul 7, 2011  with updates from mhagny

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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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By Hamik Mukelyan
From: San Francisco, CA
Apr 16, 2012

Some guidebooks show this as a continuation of the moderate Duchess routes below. It is indeed 5.10!
By mhagny
May 30, 2015

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!

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