Hazel Findlay


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Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 28 years, and started out trad climbing on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. She dabbled in competition climbing - she was the British junior champion six times - but at 16 decided to give it up to focus on climbing on rock, especially trad climbing which is her main passion. Hazel has been a full time climber for the last four years, which has allowed her to travel all over the world climbing interesting pieces of rock.  Hazel was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan in Yosemite, which she has now done three times. Hazel has also red pointed 8c and onsighted many 8as, loves all types of climbing from bouldering to alpine climbing and is especially interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes.

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Hazel Findlay climbing Concepcion 5.13.  © Cameron Maier/@bearcam

News Hazel Findlay climbs 70m Splitter Crack, Concepcion 5.13

Hazel Findlay has headpointed Dean Potter's 70-metre splitter crack Concepcion 5.13 in Day Canyon near Moab, Utah. Originally a two-pitch aid line called Acromaniac (5.10 A0), Potter freed the route in 2003 in one 70 metre push.

Hazel Findlay Dinas Mot - Free Flow  © Hot Aches Productions
Hazel Findlay Dinas Mot - Free Flow  © Hot Aches Productions

Video Free Flow with Hazel Findlay

Hot Aches Productions have released their new short Free Flow with Hazel Findlay. In the film, Hazel enjoys an epic day of mountain running and solo climbing in Snowdonia. Stunning shots combine with a considered soundtrack and introspection from one of the...

Women Rock 3  © Climbing Ulassai Association
Women Rock 3  © Climbing Ulassai Association

Press Release Women Rock - an invitation to a women focused climbing event with Hazel Findlay

This is an invitation to all women from the world to join our clan in Ulassai, the climbing hot spot of Sardinia. Together with Britain's best female climber and mental coach Hazel Findlay, the mighty...

Press Release 3 Cool Things About This Year's WCS

Every year we try to make WCS better and more creative, and also to be as inclusive as possible. Here are 3 things we...

Waymaking  © UKC Articles
Waymaking  © UKC Articles

Review Waymaking - A Women's Adventure Writing Anthology

Waymaking, an anthology of women's adventure writing and art, is the first book of its kind. Does its gendered...

Press Release Women's Climbing Symposium headliners announced

Anna Stohr, Beth Rodden and Caroline Ciavaldini to headline Women's Climbing Symposium

Mind Control Hazel  © BMC TV
Mind Control Hazel  © BMC TV

Fri Night Vid Hazel Findlay climbs Mind Control

Our Friday Night Video this week is a portrait of Hazel Findlay. The film follows Hazel through a shoulder operation, her...

Hazel on the crux pitch of Salathé Wall  © Jonny Baker
Hazel on the crux pitch of Salathé Wall  © Jonny Baker

News Free Ascent of Salathé Wall by Hazel Findlay

James McHaffie surrounds himself with the talented and enthusiastic Hazel Findlay and Maddy Cope  © Jack Geldard
James McHaffie surrounds himself with the talented and enthusiastic Hazel Findlay and Maddy Cope  © Jack Geldard

Article Perfect Partners #2 - Hazel Findlay and Madeleine Cope

Hazel on Tainted Love aka Northern Soul, E8 6c/8b/5.13 R  © Jonny Baker
Hazel on Tainted Love aka Northern Soul, E8 6c/8b/5.13 R  © Jonny Baker

News Tainted Love - New Squamish E8/13d Corner by Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay montage  © Jonny Baker
Hazel Findlay montage  © Jonny Baker

News Mind Control 8c by Hazel Findlay

Hazel in Australia  © Black Diamond
Hazel in Australia  © Black Diamond

Video Hazel Findlay Does Australia

Hazel in Lofoten  © UKC News
Hazel in Lofoten  © UKC News

Video Horizons - Hazel and Steve Findlay

Hazel Findlay on The Doors  © Ian Burton
Hazel Findlay on The Doors  © Ian Burton

Fri Night Vid Hazel Findlay Cruises 8a/b Trad Crack - The Doors

Dan Smith repeating Chris Sharma's Trifecta Middle, 8B   © Andy Stowe
Dan Smith repeating Chris Sharma's Trifecta Middle, 8B   © Andy Stowe

Fri Night Vid Double Hazel Findlay on Risk & Trifecta Middle

Hazel Findlay at Terradets, Spain  © Jack Geldard
Hazel Findlay at Terradets, Spain  © Jack Geldard

Interview Hazel Findlay on Fish Eye, 8c

Hazel Findlay  © Jack Geldard
Hazel Findlay  © Jack Geldard

Newsflash Hazel Findlay Climbs 8c with Fish Eye

Hazel Findlay in Spice Girl  © Reel Rock 8
Hazel Findlay in Spice Girl  © Reel Rock 8

Interview Hazel Findlay Climbs Freerider on El Cap

Hazel climbing on the beautiful rock of Yellowood amphitheatre   © Hazel Findlay
Hazel climbing on the beautiful rock of Yellowood amphitheatre   © Hazel Findlay

Trip Report Hazel Findlay and Alex Honnold in South Africa

Hazel Findlay in Spice Girl  © Reel Rock 8
Hazel Findlay in Spice Girl  © Reel Rock 8

Product News Reel Rock 8 UK Premiere ? The Everest 'Incident', Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay going for it on the lead on Chicama - E9 6c  © REELROCK / Matt Pycroft
Hazel Findlay going for it on the lead on Chicama - E9 6c  © REELROCK / Matt Pycroft

News Hazel Findlay on Chicama E9 6c - More Info and Photos

Hazel Findlay in Chamonix, France  © Jack Geldard
Hazel Findlay in Chamonix, France  © Jack Geldard

News Hazel Findlay Climbs Chicama - E9 6c

Hazel Findlay egyptianing hard to set up for the feet off jump to a good hold on Kalea Borroka 8b+  © Jack Geldard - UKC
Hazel Findlay egyptianing hard to set up for the feet off jump to a good hold on Kalea Borroka 8b+  © Jack Geldard - UKC

News Hazel Findlay Climbs 8b+ with Kalea Borroka

Hazel Findlay making short work of the bouldery Ramadan, 8b, Siurana  © Kate Keltie
Hazel Findlay making short work of the bouldery Ramadan, 8b, Siurana  © Kate Keltie

News 8b in a day for Hazel Findlay

Neil Dyer, Hazel Findlay and James McHaffie after their ascent of the Pre-Muir on El Cap  © Tom Evans
Neil Dyer, Hazel Findlay and James McHaffie after their ascent of the Pre-Muir on El Cap  © Tom Evans

News Findlay, McHaffie and Dyer Free Big El Cap Route

Adder Crack, 5.13 R, Longhouse, Squamish  © Hazel Findley coll.
Adder Crack, 5.13 R, Longhouse, Squamish  © Hazel Findley coll.

News Adder crack, 5.13 R FA by Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay granite climbing in the Mont Blanc Range  © Jack Geldard
Hazel Findlay granite climbing in the Mont Blanc Range  © Jack Geldard

News Cadarese 8b Trad Crack For Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay in Chamonix, France  © Jack Geldard
Hazel Findlay in Chamonix, France  © Jack Geldard

News Ceuse 8b for Hazel Findlay

Dave Birkett on 'Impact Day' E8/9 6c, Pavey Ark. Available as a desktop.  © Alastair Lee - Posingproductions.com
Dave Birkett on 'Impact Day' E8/9 6c, Pavey Ark. Available as a desktop.  © Alastair Lee - Posingproductions.com

News Hazel Findlay Decks-Out off Impact Day E8/9

Hazel Findlay climbing '69' the 5.13b/c (E8?) crack in Squamish  © Paul Bride / www.paulbride.com
Hazel Findlay climbing '69' the 5.13b/c (E8?) crack in Squamish  © Paul Bride / www.paulbride.com

Climbing Skills Ten Ways To Succeed on a Trad Route by Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay  © Jack Geldard
Hazel Findlay  © Jack Geldard

News First 8a Onsight for Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay  © Steve Findlay
Hazel Findlay  © Steve Findlay

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

Hazel Findlay on 'the move' pitch of Golden Gate, El Capitan, Yosemite  © Hazel Findlay Collection
Hazel Findlay on 'the move' pitch of Golden Gate, El Capitan, Yosemite  © Hazel Findlay Collection

News Hazel Findlay Frees El Capitan - Full Story

Hazel Findlay  © Tim Emmett
Hazel Findlay  © Tim Emmett

News Hazel Findlay Free Climbs El Capitan

Hazel Findlay climbing La Femme Blanche (8a+) at Ceuse, France  © Alex Haslehurst
Hazel Findlay climbing La Femme Blanche (8a+) at Ceuse, France  © Alex Haslehurst

News Fast Ascent of Rodellar 8b for Hazel Findlay

Hazle Findlay  © Paul Bride
Hazle Findlay  © Paul Bride

Interview Hazel Findlay on Once Upon... E9

Hazle Findlay  © Paul Bride
Hazle Findlay  © Paul Bride

News Hazel Findlay and Charlie Woodburn - E9 - Details

Hazel Findlay  © Tim Emmett
Hazel Findlay  © Tim Emmett

News Hazel Findlay and Charlie Woodburn Climb E9

Hazel Findlay  © Hazel Findlay Collection
Hazel Findlay  © Hazel Findlay Collection

News Hazel Findlay Climbs San Simeon - E8

Hazel Findlay  © Hazel Findlay Collection
Hazel Findlay  © Hazel Findlay Collection

Mini Interview Hazel Findlay on USA Super-Routes

Hazel Findlay climbing '69' the 5.13b/c (E8?) crack in Squamish  © Paul Bride / www.paulbride.com
Hazel Findlay climbing '69' the 5.13b/c (E8?) crack in Squamish  © Paul Bride / www.paulbride.com

Photos Hazel Findlay on '69' the E7/8 Crack

Hazel going for the crimp on John Wayne  © kevin stephens
Hazel going for the crimp on John Wayne  © kevin stephens

News Hazel Findlay Climbs 5.13 (E7/8) Crack in Squamish

Hazel Findlay on Air Sweden - 5.13R  © Dave Pickford
Hazel Findlay on Air Sweden - 5.13R  © Dave Pickford

News Hazel Findlay - 5.13R - Indian Creek

Hazel on John Wayne  © kevin stephens
Hazel on John Wayne  © kevin stephens

News Hazel Findlay - F8a in Spain


Latest Reviews for Hazel's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb technical mountain boots, says Toby Archer. So it's a shame the soles seem to wear so quickly.

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...

BD Momentum in action 1  © Rob Greenwood
BD Momentum in action 1  © Rob Greenwood

Black Diamond Momentum & Aspect Rock Shoes

Black Diamond's new range of rock shoes covers a spectrum of users from beginner to advanced. Here we look at the...

Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear
Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear

La Sportiva Women's Otaki & Skwama

In 2018 La Sportiva greatly increased their range of women's climbing shoes. From this extended range, the Skwama and Otaki...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...


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Annoucements direct from manufacturers

Big C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the new Camalot C4

Climbing protection has been a hallmark of BD innovation since the days of the original Hexentric® chocks that helped spawn the clean climbing revolution in the early '70s. Since then, Black Diamond has been working extensively on broadening the s...

Twisty Rope Not Sweet  © Andy Earl
Twisty Rope Not Sweet  © Andy Earl

QC LAB: Twisty Ropes - the How, Why and Risks

The dreaded twisty rope is the bane of every climber's existence. Not only is it super annoying to have a rope kinked to all hell while trying to … well, do anything, from tying in, to seconding a pitch, but the more inquisitive among...

La Sportiva Bushido II

The Bushido II is a super light, extra grippy and aggressive shoe designed to ensure perfect stability and support on all types of off-road terrain from canal foot paths to the trail of the Lake District.

Honnold Spatula  © Black Diamond
Honnold Spatula  © Black Diamond

Introducing the Latest Addition to the Alex Honnold Signature Series

"The process is never easy," explains BD Athlete Alex Honnold. "And sharing your vision...

BD Athletes Hazel Findlay and Babsi Zangerl testing out the new range  © Black Diamond
BD Athletes Hazel Findlay and Babsi Zangerl testing out the new range  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Introduces New/Improved Women's Clothing Range

Clothing that carries you from crag to coffee shop, wall to weekend leisure, that was the...

ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC
ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...

ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...