The inimitable Johnny Dawes has been a trailblazer since his days as a skinny lad wearing short shorts. He made the first ascent of Indian Face (E9 6c), the first E9 in the U.K. He established theThe Quarryman (E8 7a), with its brilliant, idiosyncratic and slippery “Groove” pitch. In recent years he has advocated a rather goofy, but undeniably unique and intriguing form of climbing that he calls “No-Handed Climbing”—which is exactly what it sounds like.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that several years ago, Dawes decided to experiment by climbing with roller blades instead of shoes. Because, why not, right?