Hazel Findlay Sends 5.14c Crack
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.