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Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay

Climber

BORN Bristol / UK

RESIDES Wales / UK

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I’m Hazel Findlay and I’m 30 years old. I’ve been climbing for 24 years, having started trad climbing on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire, South Wales. I’m what people call an all-round climber, having been British indoor climbing champion as a youth, to climbing a 6000-metre peak, to trad climbing, to big wall climbing to sport climbing, to bouldering.

I’m experienced in all forms of climbing, from mountain rock to small boulders. I’m especially interested in the mental challenges of climbing, which is why I became a coach specialising in mental training for climbers.

HIGHLIGHTS

I was the first British woman to free climb El Cap (1000m big wall), which I’ve done three times
I was the first British woman to climb the grade of 8c
The first woman in the world to climb E9

Q & A

What inspires you to get outdoors
The outdoors is what inspires me to get outdoors. If you look, there is enough out there to keep you curious for a lifetime.
What was your most challenging career/sport moment
My challenging moments have been related to a long term shoulder injury I had. Not letting myself lose faith that it would get better was a huge hurdle for me.
Which Sea to Summit product(s) are you excited about most right now and why
I'm really excited about the lightweight sleeping bags and mats. I also love all of the lightweight and compact cookware Sea to Summit do.
What was the most memorable moment in your sporting career so far
Free climbing El Capitan in Yosemite was a big career highlight for me. Living on a wall for six days and not succumbing to fatigue and pressure is an interesting mental challenge. Being on the wall in general is a great experience, waking up with the rock at your side is something I love.

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