Full of Myself

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By Johnny Dawes
Category Books Reviewed byEd Douglas
Date Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Rating Rating 4 out of 5

Johnny Dawes' long-awaited memoir is uneven but doesn't disappoint. Quirky, funny and at times brilliantly written, it's among the most creative efforts by a British rock climber ever published. Dawes sees rock and movement on rock in ways that simply don't occur to most climbers – and describes them brilliantly.

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The Great Tradition

Posted by Ed Douglas at 3.00 PM

  These things build slowly. There’s no immediate recognition that this particular fragment of your life is forming itself so perfectly. You just start out acknowledging the weather is good, that you feel strong and happy and that the day’s challenge matches something inside you that feels important. Things grow from there into something unexpected and welcome, like a ptarmigan scuttling around underfoot or an unexpected breeze as you sweat uphill. Hours later, you realise that you’re in the middle of something ...
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