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Hazel Findlay


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Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 30 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, headpointed 5.14c trad 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 on the 2nd pitch of the Quarryman  © Angus Kille

News Hazel Findlay climbs The Quarryman (E8 7a)

Hazel Findlay has climbed Johnny Dawes' four-pitch masterpiece, The Quarryman (E8 7a) in Twll Mawr, in the Llanberis slate quarries. She had climbed the spectacular groove pitch in June but returned to climb all the pitches in one push....

Hazel Findlay on Magic Line 5.14c/8c+.  © Jacopo Larcher
Hazel Findlay on Magic Line 5.14c/8c+.  © Jacopo Larcher

Interview Hazel Findlay on Magic Line 5.14c/8c+

We recently reported that Hazel Findlay had ticked Ron Kauk's Magic Line 5.14c (8c+) at Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, placing all gear on lead. This is the first 8c+ lead by a British woman (after Emma Twyford skipped to 9a), whether on...

Hazel Findlay on Magic Line.  © Eliza Earle
Hazel Findlay on Magic Line.  © Eliza Earle

News Magic Line - 8c+ Trad by Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay has repeated Ron Kauk's highly aesthetic Magic Line 8c/+ (5.14c) 35m finger crack line at Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. After one month of sessions working the line, Hazel ticked her project on her last day before leaving the...

Hazel Findlay  © Speakers from the Edge
Hazel Findlay  © Speakers from the Edge

Press Release Hazel Findlay - 'The Climb Within Lecture' Tour

Hazel Findlay – Hazel has been climbing for 21 of her 29 years, and started out trad climbing on the...

Hazel Findlay climbing in Bohuslän  © Black Diamond
Hazel Findlay climbing in Bohuslän  © Black Diamond

Fri Night Vid Hazel Findlay climbing in Bohuslän, Sweden

This week's Friday Night Video takes us to Bohuslän in south-west Sweden. Hazel Findlay and climbing partner...

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

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...

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

Press Release 3 Cool Things About This Year's WCS

Waymaking  © UKC Articles
Waymaking  © UKC Articles

Review Waymaking - A Women's Adventure Writing Anthology

Press Release Women's Climbing Symposium headliners announced

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

Fri Night Vid Hazel Findlay climbs Mind Control

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

Walking out from Rocher Fin   © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Street Creek Pack

The Street Creek is a well-made and cool-looking day pack aimed at urban wall-goers. It's just a shame that a higher volume model isn't available for outdoor use, says Rob Greenwood.

Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear
Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe

With its funky flip-down heel and soft sock-like fit, the Session is a comfy and convenient slip on/slip off shoe for bouldering and sport climbing, inside or out. It's too casual for longer or more rugged approaches, but in its niche we think it's a...

It's a thick, comfy mat and a roomy, versatile sleeping bag  © Dan Bailey
It's a thick, comfy mat and a roomy, versatile sleeping bag  © Dan Bailey

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems

Garden camping on lockdown proves the ideal way to test this combination of sleeping bag, mat, and pillow. The emphasis here is on campsite comfort, but it's a setup that would work for occasional backpacking too, says Dan Bailey.

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear
ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

ISPO 2020 - Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and...

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five...

Camalot C4 montage  © Dan Bailey
Camalot C4 montage  © Dan Bailey

Black Diamond Camalot C4

Martin McKenna was a fan of the previous version of the Camalot, so how does he rate the recent updates?


Latest News from Hazel's Sponsors

Announcements direct from manufacturers

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined with high dynamism allows the Theory to have unprecedented pedidextarity and reactivity on holds. The Solution Comp is a softer an...

La Sportiva Jackal - Mountain Running Shoe

The Jackal is a mountain running shoe dedicated to off-road running over ultra distances

#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond
#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the #21 Camalot C4

BD Athlete Alex Honnold has never been a fan of wide cracks, or as he puts it a little more bluntly: "Offwidth climbing sucks". But even Honnold has to thrust his body into deep fissures from time to time: "Many of the most classic routes in the world,...

Stars  © Sea to Summit
Stars  © Sea to Summit

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems Range

Sea to Summit have got your sleeping solutions sorted with their range of sleep systems. It provides choice at every...

The Big Bang Tour  © BMC TV
The Big Bang Tour  © BMC TV

Emma Twyford and The Big Bang: on tour

Watch the award-winning Big Bang film in cinemas and Patagonia stores this March. Join top climber Emma Twyford,...

ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...


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