Hazel Findlay is one of the world’s leading female climbers and had sending hard routes around the world, including in Canada, for the past 15 years.
In this short film, Findlay weighs in on the ongoing conversation about gender roles, pro climbing and mental barriers.
“Hopefully we’ll be seeing more young girls being psyched to be brave and go for it,” said Findlay.
Findlay became the first British woman to free a route on El Cap in Yosemite and has gone on to free three: first female ascent of Golden Gate in 2011, of Pre-Muir Wall in 2012 and she sent Freerider in three days in 2013.
She made the first ascent of Adder Crack 5.13a in Squamish in 2012. During the same year, she made the first ascent of a wall in the Mont Blanc massif in France.
Findlay also sent Air Sweden 5.13R in Indian Creek, 69 5.13R in Squamish, Chicama 5.13R in Anglesey, Fish Eye 5.14b in Spain and Mind Control 5.14c in Spain.
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