Johnny Dawes: Why climbing is like anarchy


From an interview with Matt Samet: "Fiercely intelligent, iconoclastic, dancing to the eternal vibrations of the rock that the rest of us just pull past, Johnny 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."