Johnny Dawes (born 1964) is a British rock climber, famous for his dynamic style and bold ascents. His influence on British climbing was at its peak in the mid to late-1980s. Among his contributions is the introduction of two new grades to the British grading system for rock climbing (E8 and E9), and several new routes that are today still well respected. In 1986 he introduced the grade E9 to the British grading system with a first ascent of the route "Indian Face" on the Welsh crag Clogwyn Du'r Arddu.
"It's a fact that as soon as we are born we can grip on and hold our own weight - something we haven't lost through evolution but something we forget about and sometimes loose as we grow. The environment and laws which we live under are hell bent in restricting our development in this respect - from stair gates to modern technology strapping us firmly into our seats and stopping us exploring our own potential" Johnny Dawes