Hazel Findlay Free Climbs El Capitan

© Tim Emmett
Hazel Findlay  © Tim Emmett
Hazel Findlay
© Tim Emmett
British climber Hazel Findlay has made a free ascent of the world's most iconic rock face; El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. Findlay, climbing with Austrian Hansjorg Auer, free climbed 'Golden Gate', a route first put up by the legendary Huber brothers back in 2000.

Hazel has written up an account of her ascent on her blog here: Hazel Findlay Blog

From the report it seems Hazel and Hansjorg swung leads on the route and that Hazel climbed every pitch free, some seconding and some leading.

Hazel commented:

"Freeing El Cap was once of my most enjoyable climbing experiences and also the most challenging. Although, for now I'm psyched to go bouldering and single pitch climbing I know I'll be back on El Cap at some point."

UKC hope to have more info and a full report on Hazel's ascent soon.

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


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24 Oct, 2011
Awesome. Well done Hazel.
24 Oct, 2011
A free ascent of el cap as your first ever wall. Now that is what I call impressive.
24 Oct, 2011
Inspiring stuff.
24 Oct, 2011
Is this the first time it's been freed by a british woman? I mean El Cap that is. Not just Golden Gate?
24 Oct, 2011
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