'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: Once Upon a Time E9, FFA Golden Gate, FFA The Doors
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!"
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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
Hazel Findlay battles the immaculate 230 foot splitter "Concepcion" 5.13 in in Moab, Utah. " I guess I got my ass kicked a little bit " says Hazel
“Performance anxiety comes because you put too much pressure on yourself,” explains Hazel. “But if you have low expectations, then there’s no pressure anymore.” Success happens when “you just kind of let yourself climb.”
Hazel Findlay ropes ups and sends one of Swedish crags fiercest test pieces - the bold "Electric Avenue " 5.13+R
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."
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.
Watch Black Diamond Athlete Hazel Findlay get down to business and establish the First Ascent of "Tainted Love" 5.13d I, a bold stemming route corner in Squamish, BC
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
Reel Rock: Hazel Findlay is one of the boldest climbers in the world. She is the first woman to climb the British grade E9 ( hard and scary ) is a connoisseur of loose rock, dicey gear and big runouts.
Horizons: Hazel and Steve Findlay. This is an inspirational portrait of father and daughter and their unique "live for today" approach to life.
‘Life’s too short to sit on the sofa and talk about doing stuff. If you really want to do something – you just have to go and do it.’ – Hazel Findlay
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