HAZEL FINDLAY 'UK's Boldest Female Climber'
ABOUT: Hazel Findlay is one of the boldest female rock climbers in the world today. Trad climbing at the age of seven on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembroke, it didn't take long for Hazel's talents to be revealed. For six straight years, she was the British junior champion. But at 16, Hazel decided to focus on outdoor climbing, specializing in trad and big wall climbing. In a relatively short period of time, Hazel established herself as a dominating force, free climbing El Capitán in Yosemite Valley, CA., three times on three different routes: Golden Gate 5.13a, PreMuir 5.13c/d, and Free Rider 5.13a - all 33 to 34 pitches respectively. Naturally, this has caught many people's attention. In 2013, Hazel was awarded Climbing Magazine's prestigious Golden Piton Award. Although I heard of Hazel Findlay many years before, hearing the whispers of a chic being as bold as any dude out there, she really didn't come onto my radar screen until 2011, when she, along Alex Honnold, captured the 2nd and 3rd ascent of an unrepeated route I had established back in 1983, in Quoddy Head State Park in Northern Maine. Route: Maniac 5.13c/d After that, I knew it was just a matter of time before our paths intersected. I hope you enjoy this week's Podcast. For more on Hazel Findlay, please visit http://www.tripleblack.com/hazel-findlay