Johnny Dawes - E6 Onsight First Ascent

© Bamboo Chicken Productions

Johnny Dawes on his new E6 route on Scimitar Ridge  © Bamboo Chicken Productions
Johnny Dawes on his new E6 route on Scimitar Ridge
© Bamboo Chicken Productions

Johnny Dawes on the upper headwall of Gin Palace (F7c) Vivian Quarry, Llanberis Slate  © Adrian Trendall
Johnny Dawes on the upper headwall of Gin Palace (F7c) Vivian Quarry, Llanberis Slate
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© Adrian Trendall

Johnny is back!

Johnny Dawes, the original Stone Monkey, well known for his 1980's gritstone test-pieces as well as his North Wales additions such as The Indian Face (E9 6c) and The Quarryman (E8 7a) has climbed a new route, onsight, on Scimitar Ridge in the Llanberis Pass.

The route is a multi pitch traverse, sweeping across the crag from the left side. Johnny has completed the meat of the route and is planning to return to finish off a final easier pitch to complete the full girdle of the crag.

Johnny was filmed on the route by Bamboo Chicken Productions and will be featuring in their forthcoming film The Welsh Connection.

Film-maker Dave Brown said "He looked like he was climbing at his limit, it looked hard." Adding, "His belayer refused to second the hard traverse pitch!", explaining why the team didn't finish the route off on that day.

His belayer refused to second the hard traverse pitch!

Dave Brown

No stranger to the camera, Johnny starred in one of the greatest climbing films of all time; Stone Monkey, and this year looks set to make a TV screen come-back, appearing in The Welsh Connection and also the Hotaches film for this year, so far known only as DVD '09.

In DVD '09, Johnny is seen alongside visiting American climber Matt Segal and Bristol based Hazel Findlay as all three battle up the slippery slate groove of Gin Palace (F7c), an easier version of Johnny's classic pitch - The Quarryman Groove. It will be interesting to see how Johnny fares in comparison to Segal, who has climbed F8c on trad (Cobra Crack) and is at the peak of his climbing career.

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14 Jul, 2009
Brilliant! Glad to see hes still out enjoying climbing. Onsight as well. Impressed.
14 Jul, 2009
Yeah, but what's he done on grit...oh, er...hang on...
14 Jul, 2009
still got it. . . .
14 Jul, 2009
Nice one Johnny :) We bumped into him in the pub at Pembroke a month or two ago, he had socks on (no shoes) as he'd been rollerblading to the crags. Still a legend :)
14 Jul, 2009
Excellent to see Johnny back where he belongs.
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