Return to Malta

A Mediterranean Adventure with Tommy Caldwell Words By Sonnie Trotter Photos by Cory Rich + Rebecca Caldwell For years, I had an embarrassingly cheesy poster on the back of my door in public school that read “A hero is someone who gets up, even when they can’t.” Two years later I discovered indoor rock climbing,…


Best 5.13+??

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…

Shuteye Footage 5.13c/d

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…

Sonnie Trotter on the Goen Corner Boulder 7B+ Hampi India

Hampi Footage

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,…


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…



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…

Battle of Evermore

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!

Summer Fun Under 25

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. My

Going Back to Cali

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. …


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:)