Hazel Findlay Climbs San Simeon - E8

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Hazel Findlay  © Tim Emmett
Hazel Findlay
© Tim Emmett
Bristol climber Hazel Findlay has climbed the Pembroke E8 San Simeon.

The route - a steep and physical limestone E8 at Hollow Caves Bay - is around F8a in terms of physical difficulty.

Hazel led the route - her first UK E8 - on Monday 2nd of May after a few days of effort which included a large fall.

Neil Mawson, who climbed the route a couple of weeks ago, said:

"[it's] well protected but really hard, probably F8a and not an easy one!"

Hazel has previously climbed several very hard routes in Canada and the USA including an ascent of the 5.13b/c (E7/8) crack of '69' on the Leviticus crag in Squamish.

E8 is currently the hardest UK grade climbed by a woman in the UK, and San Simeon is a very physical E8 involving steep F8a standard climbing whilst placing traditional gear.

  • You can read more reports on Hazel here: UKC News

Hazel Findlay is sponsored by Wild Country, The North Face and La Sportiva


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5 May, 2011
Top effort. Hazel's successes in N. America looked superb, but I did wonder how they compare to UK routes. It seems that in recent years lots of Brit climbers have broken into the top-end E-grades on short and tenuous grit routes, and I imagine that if your thing is 40 mtrs of Squamish or Indian Creek fingertip jamming the change would be quite marked! So big, pumpy Pembroke routes make a lot of sense. Well done to Ms Findlay again.
5 May, 2011
Just to confirm did she lead it as Mawson did or DWS it ? Effort either way of course.
5 May, 2011
She must have had a busy day. I'm sure I saw her at the Leap on the Monday as well.
5 May, 2011
Word is she led it - ie physically harder / mentally easier.
5 May, 2011
I am in love.
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