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Just Duet

This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at Roadside Crag - LIMITED ACCESS

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Kampsight 5.9 (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Tina Bronaugh, John Bronaugh in 1992
Length: 80ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This route ascends the low-angled face 10 feet right of Just Duet and just left of a crack. Begin on a 3 foot high sloping ledge.
Extra bolt added for safety in 2003 by FA.
Moves: Slab
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: Graining Fork Nature Preserve

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3.46 stars (83 votes)
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5.9 (70 votes)

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


Wes said on January 16th, 2003
Bolt moved to make it less scary.
Horatio Felacio said on January 22nd, 2003
This is the most horrifying route in the galaxy.
LittleMonkeyMojo said on July 22nd, 2003
Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun... Yippie, thank you to the person that bolted this route for me. :) This is a must do.
ender_xx said on June 3rd, 2004
I agree, Horatio. The last section right before the anchors is so scary
Anonymous said on June 7th, 2004
sweet, i did it when you were within decking range, fun route though
mcrib said on June 14th, 2004
Tons of Fun?
Ascentionist said on October 13th, 2005
One of the best bolted 5.9s in KY
Wolf said on December 12th, 2005
Great route. Beautiful finish.
ewaaser said on April 12th, 2006
FYI - one of the hangars about mid-way up is a spinner.
ElectricDisciple said on April 17th, 2006
I think the spinner bolt is the third one. ewaaser is always on top of route maintenance. Anybody with a wrench should have at it!
B.J. said on June 27th, 2006
Fun and a great view from the top. Yup, scary near the end...
Anonymous said on June 9th, 2007
Fell before clipping the first bolt. Landed on my spotter. The fall scared the crap out of me, but I got up and led it anyway. Scared me all the way up. I must do it again, minus the fear.
reason said on June 28th, 2007
i loved this route - great view from up top and a mental challenge. a great climb.
Nick said on January 4th, 2009
12b. way harder than jersey connection.
Wes said on January 27th, 2009
Climbed this again the other day, classic for sure. One of the best 5.9's around, no doubt. A lot safer these days, but will still keep your attention!
Anonymous said on March 29th, 2010
yep. i think i've been on it 3 or 4 times and it's still full of surprises and amazing. subtle in that easy sophisticated way.
flashburn said on July 12th, 2015
Lots of people toproping this all day, and when I got a shot at it and got to the anchors, they look pretty bad. Right hangar is spinning and the bolt has backed out a little, the left bolt looked like it was starting to do the same. I've reported it on badbolts. Be careful! Tough start with fun climbing the rest of the way! Nice view down the wall.
Episketch said on July 20th, 2015
There is a wasp nest in a large pocket on the route and there is a wasp nest next to the anchors as of 7/19/15. One on my friends was stung by a wasp in the large pocket while climbing and another was swarmed while trying to clean the anchors. We ended up abandoning the anchor draws.
Anonymous said on August 30th, 2015
Did this 8/28/15. Good climb. Don't remember the anchors spinning at all. No wasps or wasp nests in sight. No sign of the previously mentioned anchor draws. Assuming somebody fixed the bolt and wasp problem and took the draws as their reward. Worth taking the time do this one.
pdubbs said on June 19th, 2016
Fun 5.9 with some trickymoves at the crux. The wasp nest, as of 6/19/16, is at at the anchors in the pocket right next to them. Had to down climb and use a bail beaner on the last bolt.