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Sonnie Trotter is one of the Worlds most accomplished rock climbers. His first breakthrough was on a camping trip to Colorado at the age of 17 with only 21 months of climbing experience. During his five week visit, Trotter repeated four 5.14’s. He then completed many of his own first ascents in Canada and Europe, a few of which ranked as the hardest climbs in the World. Today, some of his signature routes are still un-repeated.
Sonnie Trotter has been studying strength training and climbing movement ever since he began in the mid ‘90’s. Whether it’s indoor performance on plastic routes or a multi-day outdoor adventure, one could say that after 16 years of climbing professionally, Sonnie practically has a PHD in rock climbing performance.
“It gives me motivation to keep striving towards my own goals when I see the fire and determination in someone else”
In 1997 Sonnie became a member of the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) and has worked as a rock climbing instructor ever since. “I have realized over the years of guiding that my greatest asset as a climber is the knowledge I have collected, my hope with guiding is to pass on as much of that knowledge as possible, so climbers new to the sport can shorten their own learning curve and excel at their chosen style much sooner. I feel more like a mentor than a guide.”