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Duchess Left 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Reynolds on Jan 1, 2002
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crux of the climb, getting over this boulder about...

Description 

Duchess Left is the easiest and least interesting of the three Duchess climbs. That said, it does have a fun, bouldery start, and a couple of interesting moves over a small bulge before it merges into Duchess near the top. Hell, the approach is 10 seconds. While you're here, why not climb it?

Duchess Left is the left side of the alcove right in front of the picnic table


Protection 

Standard rack. Long slings for belay. A well-placed anchor will allow you to TR this, Duchess, and Duchess Right.



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By Jeffrey Davis
Jul 18, 2004
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

Maybe my approach towards this climb was all wrong but I had a tough time getting over the slab.

By Blitzo
Sep 8, 2006

Pile!

By EmilyFox
From: Oakland, CA
Jan 5, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

Maybe this used to be a 5.4 and some holds have broken off? Felt more like a 5.6 to me.

By Brian B Ballard
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 7, 2009

Stiff for a 5.4. I finished with a slopey lieback around the upper section to miss upper duchess. Fun stuff.

By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Dec 7, 2010

Junk, and harder than Duchess. Did it once, won't do it again.

By Climb To Safety
From: california
Jan 31, 2013

I agree it's junk , but its not harder than duchess, maybe a bit more awkward, but still pretty easy.