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Topic - Mr Dawes - Legend !!!

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I think the UK climbing community (if it could) should award Johnny Dawes a blooming knighthood. Just watched the Meltdown video (elsewhere on this site) and the vision of JD to even consider and largely climb this route in the 80's beggars belief. When you look at his gritstone masterpieces (most now a quarter of a century old) his vision and ability were way beyond the norm and as big a leap forward as Messrs Brown, Whillans et al.
The thing is 25 yrs after Cenotaph Corner was climbed it was being described as a trade route yet the routes JD has done rarely get an ascent a year and Indian Face has yet to be climbed in better style than when JD did it.
Hat's off to the man and massive massive respect :-)
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