Pamela Varco Onsights Lucille Offwidth (5.12+) - USA

by Dougald MacDonald Climbing magazine Jul/2008
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Hot on the heels of the recent ascents of Ray's Roof [UKC News Item] in the Peak District, we have news of more off-width action from across the water. Dougald MacDonald reports:

Pamela Pack Varco has onsighted Lucille (5.12+) at Vedauwoo, Wyoming, making the first female ascent and likely fifth or sixth overall ascent of the legendary offwidth and squeeze chimney. Jay Anderson first led Lucille free in 1988 after years of effort; Craig Luebben did the second ascent and the first onsight.

In the last few years Pamela Varco has become perhaps the foremost female practitioner in the blue-collar world of offwidth cracks, despite injuries including a broken back and torn muscles (from offwidthing) that once kept her in bed for two months.

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