Hazel Findlay Opens New 5.13dR
New Big Bow Valley Multi-Pitch
Hazel Findlay spent the past few seasons recovering from a shoulder operation, but she was back in top form in Squamish this summer. She made the first ascent of an old project and noted after, “We called it Tainted Love, aka Northern Soul, after the song and the feeling of loving something like climbing but also kind of hating it sometimes. I’d say it’s 5.13dR placing the gear. It’s all on gear and placing the gear is definitely cruxy (tiny wires).” The Bow Valley is one of Canada’s most climber-populated areas and this year the area had a number of new big multi-pitch routes added. On Heart Mountain, Chas Yonge finished an old project and completed the 17- pitch all-bolted Heart Line. By the summer’s end there was up to 10 parties on it a day. On Goat Mountain, Tyler Kirkland and Mark Carlson finished their Fluffy Goat Butt-Face, a 21- pitch allbolted 5.11a that requires up to 18 hours to complete car to car.