Pamela Pack frees new 5.13 offwidth

Gabriel on Zion National Park

28 November 2009   from Andrew Bisharat report on "Pack, a cartographer who spends half the year working at sea in Alaska, and who has flashed the fearsome and famous 5.12+ offwidth Lucille, in Vedauwoo, is emerging as one of the foremost trad climbers in the U.S. She says that Gabriel is her most difficult ascent to date, and required a “full arsenal of offwidth techniques, including full-body inversions, difficult pivots, horizontal chicken wings, arm-bars, kneebars, and a final 20-feet of blue-collar groveling. There is another unique move in the middle of the route which requires dropping out of a full inversion and swinging through 360 degrees back into another full inversion, or, ‘circumleavittation! "  read more on Rockandice ph. Patrick Kingsbury   George Bell and James Beissel ms
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