Hazel Findlay climbing La Femme Blanche (8a+) at Ceuse, France
UKC News, Sep 2011
© Alex Haslehurst On a recent trip to Rodellar in Spain, Hazel Findlay redpointed the 8b limestone sport route of of Les Chacals on the crag of Pared de la Virgen. The route took her four redpoint attempts.
Just before her trip to Rodellar, Hazel was in Ceuse in France where she made a redpoint ascent of the classic 8a+ La Femme Blanche.
Commenting direct to UKC on her ascent of Les Chacals, Hazel said:
"I really enjoyed climbing Les Chacals because unlike a lot of the routes in Rodellar, there are some holds on it that are smaller than ledges and it isn't a 50m horizontal roof..."
In regard to the grade, Hazel said on her blog:
"Most people think it's 8b and a few think it's 8a+. Unsurprisingly, I'm going to go with 8b, if it's 8b to Adam Ondra, Sasha Diguilan, Neil Mawson, Chris Savage, Dave Graham and Ethan Pringle (among others), then its certainly 8b to me..."
And although this isn't officially Hazel's first 8b, she counts it as such:
"...I did an 8b in Turkey, but it was probably soft. It was also an 8a+ to a boulder problem and the boulder problem is easy if you have a small, strong ring finger, which I have, so in my mind it doesn't really count..."
Hazel has written up a full report of her ascent, with thoughts on grades and on Rodellar on her blog.