'UK's Boldest Female Climber!'
Date of birth: 1989
Current Residence:Sheffield, England
Height: 5 ft 3 in
Profession: Rock Climber, Coaching
Hardest Trad Routes: Spice Girls E9, FFA Golden Gate on El Capitan in Yosemite.
Hardest Sport Climb: Mind Control 5.14c
Hardest Onsight: 8a
Sponsors: Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Sterling Ropes
ABOUT: Hazel Findlay is a rising star in the world of rock climbing, especially in Britain, where she is hailed as one of the country's boldest. Trad climbing at the age of seven on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembroke, it didn't take long for her talents to be revealed. For six straight years, she was the British junior champion. But at 16, Hazel decided to focus on outdoor climbing, specializing in trad and big wall climbing. In a relatively short period of time, Hazel established herself as a dominating force, free climbing El Capitán in Yosemite Valley, CA - three times on three different routes: Golden Gate 5.13a, PreMuir 5.13c/d, and Free Rider 5.13a - all 33 to 34 pitches respectively. See videos below. Naturally, this has caught many people's attention. In 2013, Hazel was awarded Climbing Magazine's prestigious Golden Piton Award.
"Don't avoid the things that scare you!"
HAZEL FINDLAY PODCAST
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"For me, climbing is a lifestyle. I'm not training for the Olympics.
I'm not training to be better than anyone else.
I just want to go and try hard."
'Over the 20 years I've climbed I've had a fair few injuries but none of them very major until I tore my labrum (piece of cartilage) in my right shoulder. It happened in 2010 on a route called Air Sweden. I have pretty flexible joints and this route had a few slappy/stretchy moves between a crack and an arete. Since you have no foot holds your foot usually slips and your shoulders take the strain. I loved the pitch; it's still one of the coolest single pitch trad routes I've done, but it did mess up my shoulder and my climbing for the next 5 years! So before you ask...no it wasn't worth it.'
HAZEL FINDLAY VIDEOS
The Doors 8b/5.13d, Cadareza, Italy
Likely to be the first female ascent, Hazel findlay repeated the famous 40m splitter crack The Doors, 8b/5.13d in Cadareza, Italy. Grades given for this amazing line range from 7c+ to 8b, depending on hand/finger size, crack skill and sandbagging ability.
"Trad climbing is intimidating in general—but it gets much worse when you let the monster grow inside your head, and become super scary way before you even tie in."
Spice Girls First Female Ascent
Hazel Findlay became the first woman to climb a British E9 (hard and scary!) with her ascent of Once Upon A Time In The Southwest, near Devon, UK. This is an excerpt from the REEL ROCK 8 Film SPICE GIRL, presented by Sterling Rope.
Rainbow of Recalcitrance E6
'I guess what I really learnt was how to accept the way things are and how to be patient. You can't shape the world to fit you all the time. Hoping for the best or loving climbing more than the next person won't fix a broken shoulder. But you can choose to be happy nonetheless, with whatever you have. Even though I haven't been able to climb like I've wanted to this year or really the last 5 years, I've experienced a lot of happy times, achieved a lot and that hasn't been through chance or positivity, but through a bit of effort on my part to be OK with it.'
Final Departure 5.12d, Australia
Hazel Findlay in Australia takes down the pumpy, sparsley bolted Final Departure 5.12d, which has the reputation of feeling harder than it's grade