FRI NIGHT VID: Hands free at the Roaches with Johnny Dawes

This week's Friday Night Video is from UKC regular David Linnett. The short clip features Johnny Dawes climbing the Roaches classic Chalkstorm, although in Johnny's modern style: hands-free.

David introduces the film for us:

Here's a wee video about the original and inimitable Stone Monkey, Johnny Dawes and his attempt to try a hands-free "walk" up the Roaches lower tier classic called Chalkstorm on a scorching hot day last summer in the Peak District. Chalkstorm is often the source of a good argument in the pub about its grade but most folks seem to think that a normal trad ascent, without a side runner, is worth E3 5c. I'm not sure what grade you could give this but perhaps Johnny could come up with his own "walking" grading system! So if a VDiff is a Wk 1, perhaps this would be graded Wk 8...

Anyway featuring aerial footage of one of the greatest gritstone crags with one of the UK's greatest ever climbers sit back and marvel at some Jedi balance, ninja footwork and magician movement!

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15 Mar

I always thought finger strength is over rated...

15 Mar

Can you imagine not knowing who he is and asking him for route-beta?

"Left foot up, then right foot, then left, then right, then left, then right....!"


15 Mar

Really enjoyed that! Even in advancing years (with extra ballast and a bald spot?!) JD effortlessly makes me feel inferior, physically and mentally. Also enjoyed his description of the bloke in the waxed black jacket (Dougy?)


15 Mar

Excellent filming yet again showcasing British climbers and climbing at their best!!

15 Mar

Wow. Actually made an involuntary noise on seeing the Roaches from the air!

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