Scary, painful, and insecure …
oh and let’s not forget, masochistic, are just a few adjectives that surround the much-feared arena of offwidth climbing. This unique style in the sport carries a reputation of making most climbers feel like a terribly unsuccessful Goldilocks who has epicly failed to find the perfect bowl of porridge. In other words, offwidth cracks do not fit your hands, legs, or any of your limbs “just right.”
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Just hanging around Vedauwoo repeating the last unrepeated Bob Scarpelli routes. This one doesn’t even have a name! Anyone have suggestions I can pass along to Bob?! (Note that underneath me there’s a block that will actually cleave you if you happen to fall). . Photo: @sierrafarquhar told me to think about cats 😻mid pivot and apparently I thought that was kinda funny. . . . . #theartofoffwidth #vedauwoo #womenempowerment #womenofclimbing #climbing_lovers #climbingphotography #goatworthy #adventuregirls #natgeoadventure #getoffwidththegirls #laughing #tradisrad #offwidth #passionpassport #livemorehappy
Pamela Shanti Pack, however, thrives in her passion to overcome and embrace these often deterring features of offwidth climbing, and has become a dominating leader in this incredibly demanding style of our sport. Offwidth climbing requires immense technique, strength, persistence, and courage—and since 2008, Pamela has made it a mission to channel her climbing skills to taking on the most challenging offwidths in North America.
Hear Pamela’s perspective as an “Offwidth Outlaw”:
This “Offwidth Outlaw” has achieved first ascents of unimaginable vertical and inverted offwidth routes across Utah and Wyoming, including Gabriel (5.13c) in Zion, The Forever War (5.13c/d R) in Vedauwoo, and numerous other 5.12s and .13s across these states.
Watch her climb The Forever War (5.13c/d R) in Vedauwoo, WY:
Depending on your perspective, [offwidth climbing] is very, very fun.
We’re psyched to see that you’re healthy and back to doing what you love, Pamela. Can’t wait to see your next big, crazy ridiculous, offwidth achievement!