ShAFF Online – Hazel Findlay talks to Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll

ShAFF Online – Exploring A Mindset for Extreme Adventures



20 Dec '21 | 8:00pm

Hazel Findlay will be talking to Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll about the mindset required for the extreme adventures that Sean regularly finds himself partaking in.

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll is 50 % Irish, 50 % Belgian and 50 % Spanish, that’s right, he’s 150 % adventurer. He’s travelled the word and climbed some of the wildest big walls in a search for the best acoustics for his trusty tin whistle. He’s best known for his antics on board the Dodo’s Delight with the rest of the wild bunch and more recently he went for a stroll and did the first solo traverse of the Fitz Roy range in Patagonia.

Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 25 of her 31 years, and started out trad climbing on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. In her youth she enjoyed competition climbing - she was the British junior champion six times - but at 16 decided to give it up to focus on climbing on rock, especially trad climbing which is her main passion. Hazel has been a full time climber for the last eight years, which has allowed her to travel all over the world climbing interesting pieces of rock.

Hazel was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan in Yosemite, which she has now done three times. Hazel has also red pointed 8c (5.14b) sport and 8c+ trad and onsighted many 8as, loves all types of climbing from bouldering to alpine climbing and is especially interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes.

This interest in psychology lead her to train as a coach so she could help others with their mindset and mental-management. Hazel specialises in helping people overcome fears and limitations so they can focus on the task at hand, perform at their best and enjoy climbing more than ever. Hazel has worked with people from all walks of life including: competitive athletes, new climbers, business clients, musicians and artists.


As with all the ShAFF Online talks, there’s no cost to register and enter but we’ll ask you to make a donation. These talks have replaced our in-person events, so we would very much appreciate it if you’d consider donating the price of a pint or two to help us keep arranging events like these.


The talk will be delivered using Zoom. We recommend that you download the app and install it ready. You will be able to join the meeting via a link in your confirmation email.

Donations will be shared between the speakers and ShAFF. Thanks in advance.