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DEATH-DEFYING daredevils took to Cheddar Gorge to test a traverse 400ft above the ground. Cheddar Caves and Gorge rock safety team leader Nigel Elliot and gorge guide author Martin Crocker (pictured) tested the Traverse of the Gladiators on Wednesday, in

DEATH-DEFYING daredevils took to Cheddar Gorge to test a traverse 400ft above the ground. Cheddar Caves and Gorge rock safety team leader Nigel Elliot and gorge guide author Martin Crocker (pictured) tested the Traverse of the Gladiators on Wednesday, in preparation for Crag AttaK, a climbing festival which will be held on July 1 to raise funds for the new children's hospice in Wraxall. The festival is a new competition for climbers, who can push their skills to the limit by trying to complete the Cheddar Man, a gruelling marathon which includes climbing, abseiling, running and the traverse.Martin and Nigel set up and then tested the traverse between Roman Wall and High Rock - spanning two 400ft high cliffs 200ft apart. Rope was stretched between the two rocks and Martin and Nigel pulled themselves across by hand. The two men completed a similar but shorter traverse across Gully of Creeps at Pinnacle Bay above Cliff Road last September. Climbers wishing to be part of the Crag AttaK event must have BMC or third party climbing insurance in order to take part. For more information about the event call Cheddar Caves and Gorge on 01934 742343.

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