Mikey C FA’s The Waterman, 8B

Mikey on The Waterman 8B-2kpx

Mikey Cleverdon has succeeded in completing his final project on The Wave at Bonehill, Dartmoor. The Waterman starts sitting in the middle of the iconic feature and follows Nazare, 8A to join The Green Room, 8A and finishing along this. Mikey explains in further detail his account:

“On the Eve of Mon 21st March I completed a long term project I’ve been trying at Bonehill Rocks, now called The Waterman. I believe this to me my hardest ascent to date and for me it marks another milestone in improvement since my stroke in 2011.

“After climbing all the blocs The Wave has to offer over the last 2 seasons, I’ve decided to give my opinion of the grade at 8B, this would also be my first boulder problem climbed at this grade, it’s not the purest boulder problem being a link-up of 2 problems I have previously completed, but it is an obvious and fun challenge to take up after completing both Nazare 8A and The Green Room, also 8A. 

Pe’ahi however, is a great problem, in climbing and the direction of the line itself and it was this that originally started me on this small obsession over the last few years and in particular the last 2 Winter’s, but after climbing the first ascent of this in Dec 14 and following with Nazare in March 15 it seemed a shame to waste all the effort put in to learning the moves for these problem’s and not try the challenge that beckoned, it also gave me some motivation to try The Green Room which I had previously avoided due to its length, I was quite keen head elsewhere for the following year and spent the rest of spring and the following autumn checking out some places I had previously not visited and had a few things I was looking forward to trying as things got cooler again.

“I had visited Bonehill about once a month over this time and the summer, just to keep in touch with the moves and sequence, because of the ideal access to Bonehill this has lent itself perfectly to 2 things, night sessions and hard projecting, so the plan was to leave the projects there for just that this season, but after a stiff few weeks setting and a week in Font back in Oct I was having issues with the shoulder again, which fortunately wasn’t aggravated to much by The Green Room, provided I was careful and coupled with the appalling weather and poor conditions due to that, in the end, all things fell back in place to dedicate the time to these goals, I definitely had sessions where I really wished I was going elsewhere, but you also get stuck not wanting to give up after so much has been invested, this is all part of the journey and don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy myself and I’ve been fortunate to have been accompanied by several rather psyched individuals also trying problems on the wave this season for similar reasons and with success all round which is great, I’ve lost count of the no. of sessions spent there over the last 2 seasons but it’s in excess of 40 for sure.

“It’s been great to have the opportunity to put so much time in to a project and see what happens when you do, but it’s definitely time to head elsewhere now and hopefully I may get the chance to try and climb some other things before it warms up down here.”

Here’s an edit from the man himself, with 5 of the hardest problems on The Wave, Bonehill: