My Weekly Climbing Video


“Climbing is like lager or wine, and no hands is really like a liqueur or spirit. It’s a lot stronger coordination medium,” says British climber Johnny Dawes.

Dawes has been at the cutting edge of rock climbing since the eighties. He has established some the hardest and boldest routes in Britain, such as the rarely repeated slab The Indian Face (E9 6c).

Now at 50 years old, he is still pushing the limits of the sport by exploring the practice of no hands climbing, requiring balance, footwork and coordination beyond compare.

In this short film by Wayne Sharrocks, Johnny Dawes works a no handed slab ascent at Stanage Edge.


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