The Full Johnny Dawes Interview

by Matt Samet (Editor, Climbing magazine) Oct/2007
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"Fiercely intelligent, iconoclastic, dancing to the eternal vibrations of the rock that the rest of us just pull past óJohnny Dawes, 43, the irrepressible English climber who brought solid E8 (Gaia, an E8 6c at Black Rocks) and the world's first E9 (Indian Face, E9 6c, 150 feet of technical, 5.12c death at Clogwyn D'ur Arddu) to the world during his manic blitzkrieg in 1986.

Today Dawes, who continued to bust standards open into the late 1990s, climbs (and well), though he spends much of his rock time imparting his singular knowledge, in his so-called Master Class seminars. He's the Stone Monkey, the Leaping Boy, Off his Head, Bold as Brass Monkey."

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