Stone Monkey

Worth a look: Johnny Dawes video from the Guardian.co.uk

Climbing for me provided a means of self-expression. Ability, too, can mean wider social acceptance, even if only in a superficial “one of the gang” way. To a young, socially immature person, that grew as a cancer, to a stage where my climbing was taken out of my hands to an extent. The end of this lies in photographs, sponsorship, ugly tights and a dead end with a bolted door.

Quote from his website. His memoir has recently been released, and the Guardian also wrote a profile of him that was put online last week and has now been updated to include the video – which is quite astonishing, especially the footage of him climbing bolders with no hands or, at one point, on one leg…

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