Hazel Findlay— Climber
Hazel Findlay is an adventurer and climber who likes to climb different rocks around Mostly I just wanted to ask her about the Alex Honnold selfie song her and. Hazel Findlay free solo rock climbing In , after the end of my first serious romantic relationship, I entered a period of active free soloing. It wasn't that I Related: Behind the Scenes of Alex Honnold's Freerider Free Solo. Odd couple Hazel Findlay and Alex Honnold bring their climbing awesomeness and unique humour to Australia. Check out what the duo had to say about their.
Coke has started to sponsor pro climbers. Should the climbing community embrace support from big drinks brands or fight back against their sugary fingers? Hazel Findlay takes a look at this sticky issue.
People will tell you that everything comes at a price, even the best job in the world. You sacrifice your time and energy — and potentially a bit more — and get numbers on your bank statement in return.
Right now a climber called Ashima Shiraishi is starting to pay that price. This unleashed a tidal wave of negative energy from mostly health conscious, socially responsible, big-corporation-sceptical and very opinionated climbers. After all, Coca Cola is on a par with other drinks such as Red Bull, and the climbing community has never really spoken out against our many Red Bull sponsored athletes.
I wanted to explore our response, the nature of athlete endorsements specifically that of sugary beverages and, most of all, the underlying question: But before we get a conversation started, we should endeavour to make some initial assumptions. We used to think fatty foods made us ill and overweight, however recent studies have found a causal chain leading back to sugar.
Sugar — 11 times more potent in causing diabetes than the same number of calories in other forms — is a major culprit in the rising obesity epidemic. Weight gain and diabetes aside, the long-term effects of guzzling sugar are worrying. Too much sugar stresses the kidneys, the gut, your immune system, your emotional state and your brain.
Step outside the climbing community and you can clearly see the power behind such endorsements: This selling power extends to junk food: Athlete endorsements do more than make a product look cool or attractive, they make it appear healthy. It gives someone with health-related reservations the thumbs up to have it: John Roberts, a climber and former teacher, told me: It caused classroom challenges and potential health difficulties.
Why would they self-censor and avoid choosing the most effective endorsers for their products? Aside from the consumers, the only other people who can be held accountable for this relationship are the athletes themselves. And so, we reach the underlying question: What do climbing superstars think?
I wanted to find out what other top climbers thought about this.
Findlay and Honnold having a chat : climbing
Interestingly, I received fairly emotive responses, with most athletes mentioning that it was something they had considered. Understated Lakes climber James McHaffie was typically forthright: We should set our ethical boundaries and stick to them. Sheffield climber Mina Leslie- Wujastyk summed it up well: I wanted to do an interview with her to see what she thought about these things.
Mostly I just wanted to ask her about the Alex Honnold selfie song her and Helena created after meeting him in Taghia. Maybe they have a future in the music industry? The Totem Pole When did you start climbing?
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Both my parents climb, so I was brought up around climbing. It was always something we did on holiday and where we went was determined on whether or not there was climbing nearby.
I went to the edge climbing wall a lot in Sheffield and got out in the peak whenever possible. I feel like I properly started climbing when I went to university. There I met a lot more people to climb with and North Wales to Explore. Before setting off on my trip I had climbed sport in Spain, France and Morroco, dabbled a bit with Alpine multi pitch, checked out climbing in the States on a recce road trip as well as a trip to Candada where we spent about 5 weeks in Squamish.
I started my current trip by heading to California in the States then travelled up to Canada to climb in Squamish and the BugaboosI then went to Australia as I got a year working visa.
So have been here since August. How does this make you feel? I guess it makes me feel a bit self conscious as I would never consider myself a hero at all.Amazing Control of Fear - the Climbers
Table Mountain was no exception and we started our first day in high spirits by warming up on the Jeopardy Wall, which has most of the harder routes. I jumped on Double Jeopardy, our very own Dave Birkett's route and unfortunately I was perhaps a little too psyched resulting in my first proper finger injury.
I packed it in for the day but the route was too good to say no and I went back the next day to do it. It's given 8a and is pretty safe, so does that mean E8? Not sure, but either way it has some of the best climbing I've done on a trad line and eats up gear for the most part. He also came back for more the next day and we polished off our filming and climbing on the mighty TM.
It's not the most aesthetically pleasing place to climb but has some fun routes. It didn't turn out to be that casual when I redpointed an 8a bouldery affair and Alex completed a horizontal roof crack called Green Peace, which had only been done previously with the use of a glued on pebble. Big Walling at Yellowwood Amphitheatre We rounded the trip off with a visit to Yellowwood Amphitheatre, which probably turned out to be my favourite place.
This is a m wall an hour outside Cape Town lucky bastards and has amazing clean crimpy yellow rock. It's historically a traditional wall and there has been a lot of controversy regarding the addition of the line we did New Born. It's a tricky situation, but having done the route and had an amazing time, Alex and I were both of the opinion that Yellowwood could have some of the world's best hard multipitch routes with the addition of some bolts.
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Of course it's up to the local climbers to decide what to do with the wall, but as it stands not many new routes can go up without a few bolts. In some places the rock is gently overhanging with 60 metres between natural features that will take gear, but certainly enough features for free climbing.
Anyway enough of ethics We had a great time. The rock in South Africa is really good quality and as it's sandstone it's also unique. The only place I've been with comparable rock is Mt Arapiles and the Grampians in Australia — but they don't have m big walls!