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 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 ...

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 limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. She dabbled in competition climbing - becoming the British junior champion six times - but at...

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

This is an invitation to all women from the world to join our clan in...

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

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 alternatives across the price spectrum.

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?

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson
Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson

Black Diamond Crag Clothes for Women

From the tough, stretchy Forged Denim Pants to a light softshell jacket, Kate Dean puts a selection of Black Diamond's...

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

The pot features heat-proof handles and a heat-distributing base  © Lorraine McCall
The pot features heat-proof handles and a heat-distributing base  © Lorraine McCall

Sigma Pot Set from Sea to Summit

Lorraine McCall swaps her usual lightweight titanium pots for this sturdy and user-friendly steel cook set from Sea to Summit.

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...


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En:Spire  © En:Spire

En:Spire: Raising Awareness of Relative Energy Deficiency in Climbing

Following on from the thought provoking article, 'Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport - A Cautionary Tale', Mina Leslie-Wujastyk has teamed up with the BMC and Awesome Walls Sheffield to organise an event which focusses of food cultures in climbin...

BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl
BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Apparel: 3 jackets, 3 technologies

It's a big, cold world out there, and Black Diamond has got you covered. Through the same commitment to innovation and technology found in our shell-layers, BD delivers a comprehensive insulation collection built to withstand the rigors...

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...

UltraSil 3x2  © Sea to Summit
UltraSil 3x2  © Sea to Summit

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil® Dry Sacks

The Ultra-Sil® Dry Sack is the ideal dry sack for backpackers who need to protect their belongings from wet weather.

Babsi and Hazel  © Andy Earl
Babsi and Hazel  © Andy Earl

Introducing BD Forged Denim - The next step in climbing denim's evolution

With features designed for climbing, and style for everything else, our sportswear...