/ NEW ARTICLE: Facing The Indian by Johnny Dawes
"The type of climb Indian Face is, gaining in familiarity, making progress in increments would have been possible. It would have been bloody fantastic. I maintain I could have done it that way. What a shame I didn't get to, maybe I would have died..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5754
Really enjoyed reading that Johnny, Cheers.
A great read with some thoughtful nods to JR, ND and PW, very nice.
The Dawes is God.
I interviewed Pete Whillance for one of the first films I ever made. He told me at the end that he had sat beneath Indian Face 6 times wondering whether to go for it.
"I could have climbed it, I could have died" I think were his words.
An empty fridge.
" I recall I drank water out of the stream that year Chernobyl had a meltdown, perhaps that is what did for my thyroid."
Well, no-one could sell any Welsh lamb, so maybe...
Great article. Superb photo of Cloggy. You just want it so much.
And prophetic words:
'I like Dixon's observation: "people don't seem to be into death as much as they used to be".'
My God, that's true. I'm sure it's a good thing and yet:
'She can't be chained
to a life where nothing's gained
and nothing's lost
at such a cost.'
Sometimes you have to put your life on the line to break through. A fool's gamble? Quite probably. But if you do it and win, the rush will be with you until your dying day.
I think that's true if you lose too!
Worth reading his chapter on this after the recent ascents.
Crazily disjointed but I guess that's the point.
Loved this article! Thanks JD and UKC for this...
He said some incredible things. We should dig out that interview, even if we had no idea how to shoot back then!
"The void we'll all join later softly blowing the hairs on your neck"
Man what a brilliant line. So few words conjures so much...going to have to give his book a read. I had no idea he was such a writer
> "The void we'll all join later softly blowing the hairs on your neck"
> Man what a brilliant line. So few words conjures so much...going to have to give his book a read. I had no idea he was such a writer
You have to stick with it.. its a tad strange.. but he also has good moments and bad... at times I felt like he was forcing it.. then at times flows naturally.. it took me a while to get into but then loved it.
Clapton is God.
I thought he was Spartacus ;-)
No, I'm Spartacus...
Three great essays. A great basis for discussing climbing psychology, history and ethics. I can only admire, and remain thankful I have avoided purposefully putting myself into such horrors. Though unintentionally I suppose most climbers do, usually proportionally less often as we gain experience, despite improving our standard. But then a goal, an adventure lures us on. Not too often.
Thanks to all these climbers for their great articles and video interviews on Indian Face. Almost sounds as though this route's E grade is not high enough!
Very cool article.
Just because I don't understand it, doesn't mean I couldn't read it all day.
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