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Lucille 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13 French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: Jay Anderson, Mike Freidrichs, 1988
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Submitted By: Anonymous Coward on Jan 1, 2002

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Pamela Pack, the first woman to climb and flash Lu...
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Description 

This is the distinctive (and impossible to mistake) offwidth/squeeze chimney roof. Climb Best of the Blues (10b), the crack below with a small fist crack roof, to get to the belay cave for this monstrosity. Then go up. Go out at the roof, then go up when the roof ends. Be creative and you might score the 6th ascent!


Protection 

Big, very big. Bigbros, big Cams, big balls, and some TR chains if you don't think you're up to it.



Photos of Lucille Slideshow Add Photo
Getting horizontal. Notice the direction the Camalot is hanging. <br /> <br />Photo credit: Eric Patterson.
Getting horizontal. Notice the direction the Camal...
Another view of Lucille, the iconic Vedauwoo offwidth.
BETA PHOTO: Another view of Lucille, the iconic Vedauwoo offwi...
Beta flash.  Belayed by Pamela Pack and photo by Zach O.
Beta flash. Belayed by Pamela Pack and photo by Z...
Close, but no cigar.  The belayer is Mike Friedrichs.
Close, but no cigar. The belayer is Mike Friedric...
Center crack: Lucille; Right Crack: Hassler's Hatbox route.
BETA PHOTO: Center crack: Lucille; Right Crack: Hass...
The heinous entrance move ...
The heinous entrance move ...
Steve Su onsighting Lucille ...
Steve Su onsighting Lucille ...
Getting into Lucille ...
Getting into Lucille ...
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By Adam Holmes
Jul 7, 2003

I thought the FA on this line was Craig Leubben and he even got written up in one of the mags for it. Or maybe it was just the 2nd ascent. Either way, this is a very impressive looking route that I never want to climb.

By Anonymous Coward
Jul 8, 2003

Supposedly Scarpelli and Luebben let Jay Anderson work it until he completed it (over a span of nearly 10 years). I don't know if Scarpelli has done it yet (I imagine he has), but Luebben did it just after Jay Anderson did. If I remember correctly, Luebben onsighted it.

By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
Aug 4, 2003

Took a thorough look at this thing yesterday (my partner made it to the very edge of the roof where one starts going up again, all on TR). I don't have the words to describe it. Incredible. BTW, unless you can lead it, you need a 60m rope to toprope this thing, the rope hits the ground about 10 feet out from the base of Best of the Blues (10b). You can't start from the base of the climb proper.

By Handsome B. Wonderful
Oct 21, 2004

Just to set some things straight. Craig Luebben was the first person to on-sight Lucille and he got the second ascent 7 years after Jay got the first ascent. This climb is a lot easier for skinny folks with skinny arms. It is just plain hard to get the necessary chicken wings in this thing if you have big guns. There are a few other offwidths at Vedauwoo that have not received the hype of Lucille that are probably much harder, but who am I to say? Go find out for yourself. Btw. The single most difficult move is probably getting through the roof on Best of the Blues. Don't be intimidated, this is a fantastic climb.

By OW Poser
Jun 27, 2008

I belayed my wife Pamela on Lucille today and she onsighted with style!

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 27, 2008

Congrats to Pamela! Probably the first female ascent, eh? I had a hard enough time with the 5.10 OW crack to the left of Lucille/BB, somebody should add this to the database.

By spectreman
Jul 2, 2008

That is Bad Ass!!! Way to go on the send, Pamela.

By Bart Paull
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 21, 2008
rating: 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c

Yesterday my friend and offwidth mentor Steve Su onsighted this route after warming up with his first ascent of Squat. I've definitely seen him struggle a lot harder, meaning he did it elegantly and patiently. Getting into the crack is a virtual re-entrance into the womb. A must do!

By Jay Anderson
Nov 2, 2009

Pamela, of course rocks!

Anonymous C, check the public record before embarrassing yourself with Spew. Luebben was in diapers climbing wise at the time of the first ascent. Bob has never climbed it, at least as of 8/09 when I last saw him.
It was 8 years before the the 2nd, but yes he did flash. We all have our strengths, he thought Squat, and Trench Warfare were hard. RIP, Craig.

Bellyful of Bad Berries is the hardest of that bunch.

By Daryl Allan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Aug 12, 2010

I would love to see a video of someone putting this up. Wide fetish dot com, where are you? ;)

By Greg Cameron
Aug 14, 2011

To me (who couldn't manage to finish it), the entrance move was RELATIVELY (relative to the rest of the climb) easy. I found the hardest part to be just before you get to vertical. In between, you go for a number of moves while in the horizontal position. I love this climb, and salute Jay Anderson for putting it up (and writing so eloquently about his experience).