Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Best 5.13+??

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

If you haven’t seen it yet,  check out Tommy’s newest 5.13c/d contribution at Shuteye Ridge in California.  I think he called it “Tea Bagged, by the Tea Party”  ha ha.  The video may not do it justice, (see post below) but it’s one of the best 5.13′s I’ve ever done.   You can trust me, or go try see the place for yourself.  Either way it’s true.

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Shuteye Footage 5.13c/d

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Due to the Government shutdown in Yosemite National Park that past October,  a small group of us went to check out Shuteye Ridge in California.  We had an exceptional time climbing dozens of incredible routes on impeccable rock.  The place is totally world class.  Perhaps the best part of the trip for me was making the second ascent of this 5.13+ route Tommy Caldwell did on our last day at Shuteye.  I also managed to squeeze in some filming, and when I got home in November promptly made this short video of his first ascent.   Hope you like it.

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Hampi Footage

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Five years ago, my wife Lydia and I spent 3 months traveling around the most incredible country in the World.   INDIA.

After watching Chris Sharma and friends in the movie “Pilgrimage”, I decided I had to go and see this wonderland of rocks for myself. The dream was to try some of his first ascents, and hopefully add a few of my own.

Hampi is one of the most unique landscapes I have ever laid eyes on. It colorfully combines hundreds of miles of orange boulders with lush green rice fields and endless purple sunsets. Toss in an exotic menu, an ancient culture, and friendly people from every corner of the globe, and you have a life altering climbing/traveling experience.

This forgotten footage is from some of the classic problems me and my friends enjoyed. I hope you enjoy some of them too.

Hampi 2008 from Sonnie Trotter on Vimeo.

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen all year.  Thank you Patagonia for reminding all of us what is real in this world.  I have always been so inspired by patagonia to live a simple life, even before I was an ambassador for the brand.  Now, after nearly 10 years of working closely with this company, I am more inspired than ever.  Thank you for always leading by example.  Below is a trailer to a full length 27 minute work of art, please watch and share, you will not be disappointed.

Full Feature:

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I seriously can’t believe I’ve been to Malta twice now.  But seriously, there is something I love about that tiny, adventurous Island.  Now, I’m considering going back a third time.  Below is the last cover of Gripped Magazine.  The boys in Toronto allowed me to scribble down a few thoughts about my last trip there with Tommy Caldwell and to talk about the routes we found.  Some we made, some we failed.   During my Malta return search, I also stumbled upon this cool video promoting the unlimited and adventurous climbing there.  Look closely for footage we shot of Tommy trying the roof crack.

Talk soon.


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Battle of Evermore

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Here’s a couple of short climbs for all you powerhouse monsters out there looking to visit Squamish this summer.  The Battle of Evermore, 5.14-   and the Bull, 5.14R, by Jeremy Smith.   Both of them beautiful lines, beautiful location, beautiful positions.  What more can a climber ask for?   Rock Climbing RULES!

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Summer Fun Under 25

Friday, May 17th, 2013

If you’re under 25 and keen to climb, join my friends Will Stanhope and Jen Olsen this July over a 5 day vertical extravaganza.

Let them help you fall in love with the Rocky Mountians.


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Going Back to Cali

Monday, May 13th, 2013

I am getting very excited about my trip to Yosemite.   Valley memories are priceless. 

Here’s a classic shot I found on Google.  Just good friends going scrambling in good weather.  Simple as that.  And since cams were obviously not invented yet (just look at all those hexes),  they were probably scared most of the time,  now THAT’S rock climbing.  Ha ha.  7 more days.  Stoke factor HUGE!

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

I just wanted to give a shout out to the Mountaineers Club of Ohio State University,  thanks so much for having me back, I had a total BLAST!  Great energy.  You kids sure know how to party:)

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