Hazel Findlay

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Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 26 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.

  • Hazel climbing in Australia

"Hi Hazel, hope you're doing well. Just thought I'd send you a quick message; redpointed my first 7a today, absolutely chuffed to bits. Everything I picked up from you in Kalymnos has been brilliant, really given me the confidence to up my game, much quicker than I was expecting, too! You can add that to your list of coaching successes.."


  • Do you say ‘take’, jump off or down climb instead of committing to a move, even when you know it’s safe to fall?
  • Do you engage in negative internal dialogue before or during climbing?
  • Are you scared to fall on to trad gear even if it’s good?
  • Does a lack of confidence stop you from stepping off the ground?
  • Do you ever freeze up entirely on a route?

If so maybe I can help?

Yesterday I had another session on the Lappnor project. The routine that goes into it after all this time isn’t... fb.me/69lFUf1Ck


There may never be a safer election in which to vote for a third option. pic.twitter.com/5qqRsgCRe5


blackdiamond's photo instagram.com/p/BL-YV6-Aeu9/ turns out leg strength in climbing does help. Who would have thought. Well done Adam.


GRIT&ROCK announces FIRST ASCENT PRIZE, biggest expedition grant globally, to help women make mountaineering histor… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…


We are happy owners of an ORIGINAL @TessaLyons4 piece. A beautiful capture of a skyline we're… instagram.com/p/BLp9iWPBy_c/


All business. @hazel_findlay scaling cliffs in the Gulf of Oman. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo pic.twitter.com/O6jX6SrtYz


@sleep_party pretty sure there is at least some.


Note to self: don't go on a soloing mission two days in to a fast. Bad joo joo...… instagram.com/p/BLStLejBENf/


How long did this take?!? The pill is linked to depression – and doctors can no longer ignore it. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…


I'm one of them climbers who have sofar managed to stay under the sponsors' radar. Hear that Red Bull? Hear that Adidas. Hear that Monsanto?


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