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Hazel Findlay Climbs El Oraculo (8a+/b)

© Steve Findlay
Hazel Findlay  © Steve Findlay
Hazel Findlay
© Steve Findlay
After a month's rest from climbing over the Christmas period, British climber Hazel Findlay nipped down to El Chorro in Spain to regain some lost rock-fitness. On the last day of her trip she redpointed the steep limestone sport route of El Oraculo (The route is graded 8b, but see Hazel's thoughts below).

Hazel stated on her blog:

"... After having almost a whole month of rest over Christmas... I found that my strength wasn't too bad, but I just didn't seem to be able to recover, even on massive jugs. I would shake out and shake out, but get nothing back.

But, on the last day, it seemed like my body was starting to work properly again and I managed to recover in the knee bars of this really cool 40m route called El Oraculo at Makinodromo. The book says 8b, but the folk say 8a+. From my poor knowledge of this grade, I would say it's 8a+, I definitely found it easier than Les Chacals (Rodellar)."


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

 


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26 Jan, 2012
I was lucky enough to witness this ascent, it seemed frankly, effortless as Hazel chatted calmly all the way up. One of the most impressive bits of climbing I have seen first hand. About as long as a route gets too. Jb.
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