Hazel Find­lay Opens New 5.13dR

New Big Bow Val­ley Multi-Pitch

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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.

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