Hazel Findlay Climbs 8b+ with Kalea Borrokaby Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Feb/2013
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The route, a super-steep and long limestone sport route, took Hazel just a few days of work. Hazel commented to UKC:
"The rock at the bottom isn't great, but the upper crux section is amazing climbing."
This 8b+ ascent puts Hazel right up at the top of the UK sport climbing pile alongside Lucy Creamer and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk.
Lucy climbed the same 8b+ - Kalea Borroka - back in 2009 (UKC Report), becoming the first British woman to achieve the grade. Last year Mina climbed Mecca at Raven Tor (UKC Report and Video), and now Hazel has climbed Kalea Borroka.
Lucy Creamer described the route: "It is totally awesome. Just standing on the ground and looking up gets my fingertips tingling. It's an immense overhanging crack that just screams 'climb me'! And then when you get on it, it's every bit as good as it looks. There are no utterly desperate moves but three hard sections between good rests."
Hazel found the route very pumpy telling UKC: "The reason it's so pumpy is that you have to do a little bit of continuous climbing up to the crux moves, there's no resting jug to set you up for the crux, so you're always just a little bit tired when you start the sequence."
What's next for the young trad and sport athlete? We're hoping to catch up with Hazel for a video interview soon - watch this space.