Hazel Findlay

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Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 26 years, and started out trad climbing on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. She dabbled in competition climbing - she was the British junior champion six times - but at 16 decided to give it up to focus on climbing on rock, especially trad climbing which is her main passion. Hazel has been a full time climber for the last four years, which has allowed her to travel all over the world climbing interesting pieces of rock.

Hazel was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan in Yosemite, which she has now done three times. Hazel has also red pointed 8c and onsighted many 8as, loves all types of climbing from bouldering to alpine climbing and is especially interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes.

  • Hazel climbing in Australia

"Hi Hazel, hope you're doing well. Just thought I'd send you a quick message; redpointed my first 7a today, absolutely chuffed to bits. Everything I picked up from you in Kalymnos has been brilliant, really given me the confidence to up my game, much quicker than I was expecting, too! You can add that to your list of coaching successes.."


  • Do you say ‘take’, jump off or down climb instead of committing to a move, even when you know it’s safe to fall?
  • Do you engage in negative internal dialogue before or during climbing?
  • Are you scared to fall on to trad gear even if it’s good?
  • Does a lack of confidence stop you from stepping off the ground?
  • Do you ever freeze up entirely on a route?

If so maybe I can help?

Filming @hazel_findlay with the drone the other night on Crib Goch after a full week of filming solo climbing and r… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


The Honnold Foundation is now on Instagram! Follow along for info on our projects abroad, Alex Honnold's perspectiv… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


BD Athlete @AlpineWorks shares his thoughts on his record-breaking, unsupported run of Nolan’s 14, which he did in… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


@NatBerry18 They ask me all the time. Try it first - it’s injury central


Here’s an extremely on point take on the current state of affairs in the climbing world. Where this is all rapidly… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


@grimerclimber I'm sure you yourself likely does a good job at that but sans fiver.


Congrats to BD Athlete @BarbaraZangerl for sending her first 9a/5.14d, Speed Intégrale in Voralpsee!! We’re proud o… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…


I’m Tibetan, I’m Buddhist and I’m the Dalai Lama, but if I emphasize these differences it sets me apart and raises… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…


Our BD Athlete Team paired up with the setters at @MomentumClimb for a day of setting, climbing, and hanging with t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…


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Purposeful Practice
Purposeful Practice
14 July 2018
When it comes to the theory of excellence there is the talent theory and the practice theory. Talent theory purports the idea that those who are great...
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How I became a mind coach…
22 December 2017
On a sticky day last summer I was coaching a nice lady at Millstone in the Peak District. We’d done some fall practice on to gear and a bit of flo...
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Let the Body Climb
Let the Body Climb
17 May 2017
This is the first part of my mental training series. The other two parts can be found here http://eu.blackdiamondequipment.com/fr_FR/experience-story?...
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