Hazel Find­lay Sends 5.14c Crack

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Hazel Find­lay red­pointed Ron Kauk’s Magic Line, a 35-me­tre 5.14c fin­ger crack at Ver­nal Falls in Yosemite Na­tional Park in Novem­ber. Af­ter one month of pro­ject­ing, she climbed it on her fi­nal day be­fore leav­ing the val­ley for the sea­son. Find­lay’s as­cent is only the sec­ond red­point af­ter Ron’s son, Lon­nie Kauk, made the first plac­ing gear on lead in Novem­ber 2018. Ron’s 1996 first as­cent was a pink­point with the gear hav­ing al­ready been placed. “To give you an idea of how hard this route was for me,” said Find­lay on In­sta­gram, “the lower boul­der crux is the hard­est boul­der prob­lem I’ve ever done.” Orig­i­nally graded 5.14b, Lon­nie up­graded the line to 5.14c last year af­ter climb­ing it while plac­ing gear. Find­lay worked the moves last year af­ter Lon­nie’s first red­point and planned to re­turn this fall af­ter a year of training.

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