Local Legend Mike Cleverdon!!

Local Legend Mike Cleverdon!!

I am one of many who feel extremely privileged to know Mikey and this is why…

Check out the article written by another local legend Tom Newberry, recently featured in Dead Point magazine from the USA!!! Well done boys 😀

“Mikey Cleverdon’s story is one of a classic comeback—a ruthless, yet inspirational, determination to overcome a merciless knock that life threw at him. Aged only 27, Mikey suffered a stroke whilst doing what he does best; up a rope setting a demo route for none other than Chris Sharma.

The word ‘stroke’ sounds so harmless, a synonym for ‘caress.’ However, the old English origin offers a more accurate interpretation: ‘a blow’ and ‘a calamity.’ There is no escaping the impact of a stroke; along with cancer and cardiac disease, it is the most common cause of death in western countries. In fact, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. For those who survive, over half will be left with permanent and severe disability, meaning it is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.The consequences are a horrifying catalogue of damage that includes personality changes, impaired sensation, paralysis, language problems, deafness, blindness, memory loss and seizures. Yet these disheartening facts didn’t deter Mikey’s spirit. His objective was to return to form and get back to climbing V11 and 5.13 in just 12 months!

A well-known face amongst climbers in his local scene around Devon, Mikey is a keen developer, coach and route setter, who for the last decade has been crucial to the rise of standards in the South of England. Mainly known for his developments in the Westcountry, he has added a number of hard test-pieces, many of which demonstrate his characteristically powerful and wild climbing style. None demonstrate this more than his superb roof problem at Burrator, Jungle VIP (V11). However, it is his incessant broad smile and distinctive laugh which have been valuable assets to the local crags and climbing centres. Maybe his exuberant energy and pounding positivism are the secrets to Mikey’s inspirational and remarkable recovery. I spoke with Mikey to find out more, and see if we could all feed off his optimism and apply his philosophy to issues of our own.

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