In the 2nd episode of this seasons La Sportiva Living Legends, we travel to Wales, in particular Snowdonia, a place where one of the best trad climbers in the world Hazel Findlay calls her home.
A personal and revealing portrait into the demands of being a professional climber. Features unique behind-the-scenes footage and inspiring shots of one of Hazel's hardest sends: Mind Control (8c) at Oliana.
BD Athlete Hazel Findlay is known for her rad trad ability, whether she’s freeing El Cap or climbing crumbly sea-cliffs with sparse protection. When she arrived in Squamish last summer, a friend and fellow Brit knew just the route she should try.
It's been a tough year for Hazel Findlay, recovering from shoulder surgery and dealing with the frustration and impatience that goes with serious rehabilitation. Hazel spent most of her winter in Siurana, Spain, sport climbing and getting her shoulder back to strength.
Black Diamond Global Athlete Hazel Findlay first visited Australia when she was 19. Years later, she returns with Ambassador Cedar Wright, intent on onsighting the pumpy Final Departure, a 5.12d that has a rep for feeling harder than its grade. The onsight didn't happen, but as Wright puts it, "Hazel is unrelenting. She's going to send."
Hazel Findlay is not just one of the best and boldest female trad climbers around, she's one of the best regardless of gender. But, what makes Hazel truly special is her down-to-earth personality, which shines through in this video.
In March 2015, Hazel Findlay and Alex Honnold visited Australia to climb at Mount Arapiles and The Grampians. Side Trip Productions caught up with them, just a few days before their departure, at the awesome Eureka Wall in the Southern Grampians.
How do you push some of the world's best climbers to their breaking points? Add ice to an already burly crack climb. The conditions might have seem perfect as our four climbers arrive at the summit of Chamonix's Aiguille du Midi, but on the rock, the reality is very different.
After several days spent tearing up the local crags, today our Epic Climber team of Hazel Findlay, Alex Megos, Emily Harrington and Tommy Caldwell are heading indoors.
The thing that separates truly great climbers from everyone else out there is their ability to flip the switch and give it everything they've got at a moment's notice.
Described by Adam Ondra as "one of the best sport crags in the world" the "Cry Baby" sector of Rawyl is characteristic of many Swiss sport climbing venues. Tall, imposing and very steep.
It's not every day that climbers get the opportunity to develop practically untouched bouldering areas, but on the second day of Epic Climber, that's exactly what happened.
Alex Megos didn't start this climb expecting a wild sideways dyno at the crux, but after Tommy Caldwell snapped off the only usable holds on this sequence, that is exactly what he found.
The first challenge of Epic Climber is a doozy - a 150 metre multi-pitch named 'Le Concile De Pierre.' The route climbs the Balme Wall, an impressive limestone face capped at half-height by a blank, horizontal roof.
What happens if you put a world-class sport climber on an alpine crack? Or if you ask a renowned big wall climber to develop an untouched boulder field? In the Summer of 2014, EpicTV found out.
Alex Honnold (USA) and Hazel Findlay (UK) head to Southern Africa for an experience of a lifetime. Africa Fusion takes us from the breathtaking orange granite and vast landscapes of Namibia, through the desert and across to lush red sandstone of Waterval Boven in South Africa.
Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay head to South Africa for an experience of a life time. Africa Fusion takes us from the breathtaking red rock and vast landscape of Namibia, across the desert and down to lush Waterval Boven in South Africa. Carrying on the journey in South Africa we follow Alex and Hazel North to the wild and remote Blouberg (Blue Mountain) range.