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1975

Sonnie Trotter:

In 1975 three Rockies legends scoured The Bow Valley in search of the next great aid line. At the time, they were preparing themselves for a very early repeat of the Shield on El Capitan in Yosemite, and hoped to find the perfect training ground close to home. The Shield is a thin, technically challenging seam, and the three local boys (found in this photo below), finally discovered what they thought would be the ideal line, a rare and steep splitter finger crack on a blank wall.

Cool story.

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Sonnie Trotter: Hampi 2008

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New 5.14 By Sonnie Trotter

Always nice to see Sonnie Trotter in the news:

Sonnie Trotter has just completed his summer project,Castles in the Sky, on Castle Mountain in the Canadian Rockies. The bolted route, rated 5.14a, rises five pitches up a prow on a lower buttress of the mountain. While the route features moderate pitches of rock near the bottom, a dramatic overhanging arête guards access to the route’s final and easier pitches.

The key to success??  WWTCD of course:

When things got tough, however, he would ask himself “what would Tommy Caldwell do?”

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Sonnie Trotter Bouldering In Joshua Tree

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Sonnie Trotter & Tommy Caldwell On FFA Of The Shining (IV 5.13+)

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Sonnie Trotter Profile

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