Climber Spotlight: Pamela Shanti Pack

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.”

 

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‚ÄĒand 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:

 
But don’t for a minute think that it’s been a painless path up these strenuous climbs for this 5’2” crusher. Pamela has¬†endured an astounding list of injuries along her journey to excel in¬†this¬†style of climbing, which demands engagement from each and every part¬†of the body. She’s fractured¬†both ankles, torn intercostal and abdominal muscles, dislocated ribs, torn her rotator cuff, knocked out her front teeth, ruptured a kidney, and just last week, overcame a debilitating back injury after a 6-month recovery process. Now back and ready for action, Pamela¬†refuses¬†to stop until her body “absolutely can’t take anymore.”

Depending on your perspective, [offwidth climbing] is very, very fun.

-Pamela Pack

 

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!


Pamela Shanti Pack is a professional rock climber and surveyor, sponsored by Evolv, Clif Bar, Petzl, and Edelweiss. Check out her website and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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