Finn Hayward

Date of Birth: 28th February 2004

Hometown: Llanfairfechan

Finn grew up in the climbing mecca of North Wales and was introduced to both indoor and outdoor climbing by his parents when he was nine years old. He says he was hooked from the start.

A member of the BMC Youth Development Squad and a solid competition climber, Finn has podium finishes in numerous national competitions, including 1st at the 2018 Scottish Youth Lead Climbing Championships and 3rd in the 2018 British Bouldering Championships. 2018 was also the first year Finn was able to compete internationally in Europe.

As well as excelling on the competition scene over the last few years, Finn was also busy putting the pedal to the metal outdoors and has built up one jaw-dropper of a tick list. Since 2016 his notable outdoor achievements include heavyweight 8a and 8a+ sport routes, including Statement of Youth and Mussel Beach at Lower Pen Trwyn, Raindogs at Malham, Supercool in Gordale, and the first ascent of Wirral Keewis at Llandulas Cave in North Wales, alongside eight boulder problems between 7C and 8A, including a flash of Taylor Made (7C) at Dinas Rock, Catalan Power (8A) in Lanzarote and the first ascent of Raisin’ Hell (7C) at Porth Ysgo. In 2018, aged 14, Finn raised the bar again with a redpoint ascent of Stolen (8b) at Kilnsey, and the following year, just a few days before his 15th birthday, he climbed his first 8b+, Kalea Borroka on El Pati in Siurana. In 2019 he climbed The Diamond's notorious 8b route, The Brute, in only two sessions. However, the real gem of 2019 came during an autumn half-term trip to Oliana where Finn quickly ticked two 8c routes: Fish Eye and the grade testpiece Mind Control.

Understandably for such an accomplished young climber Finn has big goals for the future, including sport climbing 9a+, bouldering 8C+ and competing in the 2024 Olympics. In the meantime you can regularly see Finn training hard at the Beacon Climbing Wall and enjoying testing routes on North Wales’ premiere crags. 

Finn sending his first 8b+, Kalea Borroka in Siurana. © Clem de Priester
Finn sending his first 8b+, Kalea Borroka in Siurana. © Clem de Priester

Q&A

What do you like most about climbing as a sport? 

It’s really hard to explain what I like most about climbing! I just love it. It gets me psyched and keeps me happy. I love outdoor climbing because of the places it takes you to.


What do you like most about the climbing community?


BANTER! It doesn’t matter what age you are, everyone is psyched and everyone gets along.


Do you have any long-term goals for climbing?


I would like to climb in the 2024 Olympics, climb a 9a+ route and do a Font 8C boulder… and of course take my dad, mum and sister on a surf trip to Indonesia for all the belaying ;)


Do you have any goals for the future?


I would like to do well enough in school to go to a university in a good climbing area. Before going to university, I would like to travel with my climbing friends to Spain and France.