Johnny Dawes, Manchester Concrete Classic, circa 1984

Once upon a time there was a little bouncing boy who just loved to climb.

That boy grew into a man and climbed many of the most stunning lines on Gritstone. His name, the one and only Johnny Dawes. Rumour has it that back in the day, Johnny could climb anything. His thirst to climb was so great that he did go on to climb anything....One of his more eclectic expressions was the Mancunian Way in Manchester. The problems Dawes climbed on these structures are the thing of legend and have drifted into the relms of myth and folklore...until now. Craig Smith was recently cleaning out his loft and came across some old slides from his time at University with Johnny and here for the first time you can see the Master in action on some of these structures which are concrete classics. (click on the photo up and left or here )

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5 Jul, 2007
Yeah but, what's he done on grit?
5 Jul, 2007
I seem to remember some one breaking an ankle or leg on the outing to the Mancway. Was it Ben? And I think it was 1985.
5 Jul, 2007
Stylin outfit. I have many similar fashion faux pas pics from the same era but my excuse was I was a kid imitating my heroes...
5 Jul, 2007
Ah the joyous days of bouldering without mats!
5 Jul, 2007
So presumably in 1968 the Society considered this a particularly great piece of Concrete. I'd hate to see the also-rans. Wonder if they're still banging out awards.
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