We first came across Hazel at a screening of the Banff Film Festival in Keswick, early Feb 2014 - and out of the 4 or 5 films being shown that evening, one stood out for us like no other. A film called 'Spice Girl' (watch it below) featuring a fun, passionate and incredibly driven woman - in what is a very male driven sport.
That woman was Hazel, and not only is she one of Britain's leading female climbing talents (6x British Champion) - she's also our very first ambassador - trusting Yes! Nurse to look after her hands, when not on the rock. Therefore, without further ado, we're incredibly proud to present...
Home Town: Coniston, The Lakes District.
Extra Fact: Hazel also has a degree in Philosophy
Hazel has been climbing for 18 of her 25 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 cool pieces of rock.
She is one of the few women in the world pushing the limits of trad climbing. The first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan in Yosemite. Hazel has also red pointed 8c and onsighted many 8as, she has free climbed El Capitan three times, and has more recently extended her climbing to alpine rock.