Pamela Shanti Pack is undoubtedly one the most accomplished offwidth first ascentionists in the world. Her mastery of chicken-winging, inverting, stacking, squeeze-chimneying and butterflying, alongside her determination and willingness to suffer, has seen her complete well over 100 first ascents and first-female ascents of offwidth cracks up to 5.13+.
Pamela, who was born and raised in Vermont, was predominantly an ice climber until she developed compartment syndrome in her hands in 2006 and became unable to grip without pain. Determined to keep climbing, Pamela looked for a climbing style that didn’t involve intensive gripping and found offwidths (that is, cracks bigger than standard hand or fist jams but smaller than a full chimney).
Pamela mastered the physically demanding style and tricky offwidth techniques quickly and has since cnotinually sought out North America’s most challenging inverted and vertical offwidth climbs because they "test her physical and psychological limits". In 2009 she received Climbing magazine’s prestigious Golden Piton Award for establishing Gabriel on Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, which was the first 5.13+ offwidth in the world and remains a global test-piece.
Other highly commendable highlights include the first female ascent of Lucille (5.12d/5.13a, onsight) and first ascents of Spatial Relations (5.13a) and The Forever War (5.13a R) in Veedauwoo; the first ascents of American Horror Story (5.13a R/X) and The Soul Assassin (5.12+ R) in Indian Creek, and Malice in Wonderland (5.12a R/X) outside Moab.