4x El Cap Free Climber, Hazel Findlay Tours ‘The Climb Within’ to UK Theatres

Hazel Findlay is, quite simply, one of the world’s best climbers. Six-time British Junior Champion, Hazel actually gave up competitive climbing at the age of just 16, to focus on rock climbing. Hazel went on to become the first British woman to climb one of the hardest grades in climbing, as well as free-climb Yosemite’s El Capitan (the 2307m vertical rock featured in Alex Honnold’s and Jimmy Chin’s recent Oscar-winning Free Solo film) four times.

Being a trad climber or traditional, placing removable gear along the route, stripping between pitches and often climbing for hours rather than minutes, strength and cardiovascular endurance are essential. It’s the multi pitch, big wall climbing that drew my attention to Hazel.

Hazel is now set to undertake her first theatre tour, The Climb Within, heading to 11 UK theatres this September, presented by Speakers from the Edge, in association with Black Diamond and Sea to Summit.

Tour Image 1Fascinated by the mental challenges of climbing, every bit as much as the physical challenges, Hazel’s focus in her talks will be to  explore how we can use a sport such as climbing – something that we are passionate about – to put us in hard places that push us beyond what we thought we were capable of; how in this struggle we can discover the way our minds work and how to ‘hack’ them, so that we can enjoy the experiences we want and not be limited by fearTour Image 3

The Climb Within is touring 11 UK theatres in September 2019 – for further details, visit www.speakersfromtheedge.com/tours

Tues 3 Sept          MALVERN                           Malvern Theatres              01684 892277     malvern-theatres.co.uk

Thurs 5 Sept        EXETER                                Corn Exchange                    01392 665938               exetercornexchange.co.uk

Fri 6 Sept              BRECON                              Theatr Brycheiniog            01874 611622             brycheiniog.co.uk

Sat 7 Sept             LEAMINGTON SPA             Royal Spa Centre               01926 334418               warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre

Mon 9 Sept          SALE                                     Waterside Arts Centre      0161 912 5616               watersidearts.org

Wed 11 Sept        HORSHAM                          The Capitol Theatre           01403 750220               thecapitolhorsham.com

Mon 23 Sept        GATESHEAD                        Sage Gateshead                 0191 443 4661               sagegateshead.com

Tues 24 Sept        INVERNESS                         Eden Court                          01463 234234     eden-court.co.uk

Wed 25 Sept        DUNKELD                            Birnam Arts                        01350 727674               birnamarts.com

Thurs 26 Sept       GLASGOW                           Drygate                               0141 212 8815    drygate.com

Fri 27 Sept            PENRITH                              Rheged Centre                   01768 868000     rheged.com