After working closely with the sport of climbing for three years and having an office full of climbers and alpinists, EpicTV decided it was time to put more into the sport and lifestyle by sponsoring some of its brightest stars.
They have selected three very different athletes to represent the facets of climbing that we are most passionate about. They are the sport climbing ace and full-time dirtbag Jonathan Siegrist, the queen of trad Hazel Findlay, and the beast himself, Adam Ondra.
Jonathan Siegrist has had an immense couple of years crossing off both Biographie/Realization 5.15a and La Rambla 5.15a. With no fixed address and only his dog for company he has been scouring his homeland (United States) for new lines, cleaning and bolting areas and generally developing the sport any way he can. To EpicTV Siegrist represents the living, breathing spirit of American climbing in all its vibrancy and dynamism.
Hazel Findlay is probably the best-known female trad climber in the world, and for good reason: she has incredible bravery that is nearly unmatched in the climbing world. With her unique combination of nerves and strength she has sent some of the most classic and difficult trad routes including The Pre-Muir 5.13+ on El Capitan, Chicama E9 6c in the UK, and Fish Eye 5.14b in Oliana, Spain. Her accomplishments are only outweighed by her versatility. From majestic cracks and big walls to hard sport routes and multi-pitches, Hazel has dedicated her life to traversing the globe with different climbing partners in search of the next inspiring route.
Adam Ondra almost needs no introduction. He is, hands down, one of the strongest living sport climbers out there – something he’s proven beyond a doubt with his hard 5.14d onsights and redpoints in the range of 5.15a to 5.15c. Ondra is the first person to climb 5.15c and he has defeated most of the world’s V15 and V16 boulder problems. When there’s a new grade in climbing you can count on Ondra’s name being associated with it. Ondra spent much of last year competing and won both the Lead and Bouldering World Championships in 2014. 2015 will see him competing in the world cups again, and he’s looking stronger than ever.