Crocker done for exposure again !!

On the very last day of climbing before the seasonal ban comes on in the Cheddar Gorge, Martin Crocker´s nipped in with John Harwood and added an incredibly fearless first ascent and certainly one of the scariest routes done in this area for sometime. Taking one of the loftiest, eye popping starts in the Gorge, Martin´s new route named ´Stoned´ is a solid E66b high on the huge isolated tower right of the Gully of Creeps. With bucket loads of exposure, the new route starts as for ´Stone Warrior´, then once at the bulging overhangs it traverses right through the mindblowing roof and goes directly up the bottomless groove to finish up a thin crack on the arete over 450ft above the road. Crocker´s antics brought tourist traffic in the Gorge to a standstill as motorists peered incredulously up at his aerial antics. John Harwood recently recovered from a hip replacement Op and who seconded Martin up the route, confirmed he may have to get another hip now as this new one´s worn out from following Crocker up his new route. Not content with this the pair then scuttled round to the Long Wall Area and ´warmed down´ by adding another first ascent as yet unnamed (graded E4 6a) in this area. The latter route climbs a thin crack in the wall and surmounts two small roofs to finish directly up the wall above. Not a bad day´s effort by a totally psyched MC. News courtesy of Carl Ryan