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Hazel Findlay


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Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 25 of her 31 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 four 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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2020 Roundup Image   © UKC

News 2020 - A Year of Climbing News

2020 will be a year that most will hastily forget, with COVID-19 overshadowing the majority of the year. With much of the UK locked down throughout 2020, it's a wonder that we have much to reflect upon at all in our annual roundup. 

Hazel Findlay on Mission Impossible E9 7a.   © Ray Wood
Hazel Findlay on Mission Impossible E9 7a.   © Ray Wood

News Mission Impossible E9 7a by Hazel Findlay

Shortly after Angus Kille's fourth ascent of Mission Impossible E9 7a at Gallt Yr Ogof, Ogwen Valley, Hazel Findlay followed suit and ticked the line.

Hazel Findlay on the 2nd pitch of the Quarryman  © Angus Kille
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...

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...

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

Video Free Flow with Hazel Findlay

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


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Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Montane X BMC Men's and Women's range  © UKC Gear

Montane X BMC Clothing line

Montane's X BMC range of climbing clothing balances casual comfort and technical cuts, making it equally suited to use at the wall or out on the crags. Made in collaboration with the BMC, 5% of all UK sales of the range will be donated to the A...

Comfy rock shoe group test  © UKC Gear
Comfy rock shoe group test  © UKC Gear

Comfy All-Day Rock Shoes

For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a downturned...

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear
Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to...

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting
Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise...

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey
One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in...

Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer
Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

At only around 820g, and pitching using trekking poles, the single-skin Distance Tent is not much heavier than a bivvy...


Latest News from Hazel's Sponsors

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Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Range

Our modern take on Chouinard's original curved-pick mountain axe, the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a classic mountaineer's piolet that has been used on classic climbs the world over for decades.

Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl
Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Ice Series + Crack Gloves

Whether you're freezing your mitts off on a cold belay in a snowstorm, working your tan in Indian Creek, or jamming your soft paws in to the depths of Ramshaw, Black Diamond have got a glove for you.

U27 Membership  © BMC
U27 Membership  © BMC

Support the BMC for £1 / month

The BMC has launched a brand-new digital-only membership for the U27s. This new membership not only supports the great work of the BMC, but it's also packed full of personal benefits. 

Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond
Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Camalot Z4s

Born from a heart-to-heart with our top trad-climbing BD Athletes Hazel Findlay, Carlo Traversi, Sam Elias, and Babsi...

BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond
BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Vision Helmet + Vision MIPS

The most durable foam helmet in the Black Diamond line-up, the Vision helmet features a fusion of EPP...

airNET Harness  © Black Diamond
airNET Harness  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our...

Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond
Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Approach Shoes

For Spring/Summer 2020 Black Diamond have introduced a range of Approach Shoes that cover all bases. Whether you're...


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