Tomb Raider

Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved adventure films, my cousin and I literally grew up on them, as they always kept us inspired through most of the dark and colder months of the year. In the summertime, I would climb every tree, jump every fence, and swing from every rope I…

The Canadian Rockies 5.14 Alpine Big Wall Triple

On September 10, 2017, Sonnie Trotter realized his dream of completing 3 different alpine 5.14 routes in the Canadian Rockies. A dream that began in 2011 when Sonnie invited Tommy Caldwell to Canada on a mission to investigate the free climbing potential on the North/East face of Mount Louis. Sonnie and Tommy braved blizzards, rain,…

SLIDE SHOW TOUR

Hey All,  I sincerely hope you’ll consider joining me for some great short movies and a few pictures about my most recent traveling and climbing exploits.  I’ll be talking about the importance of respecting our crags, optimism, partnerships, as well as highlighting climbing trips to Germany, Tasmania, and my new summer project here in the Canadian…

The Prow Wall (5.14a)

My climbing partner @tomhwright had a tough skin day today up on the mountain – Tom is a bit of a super hero. After my previous partner bailed early this morning, Tom woke up from his warm, cozy bed and offered to support me on my second ground up mission to free the 8 pitch…

What I’ve Learned (full interview) R&I

Greetings from Spain, it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to sit down and write anything substantial.  I’ve been more busy this year than ever before with family life, climbing, hang boards, traveling, training and taking pictures, and whatever spare time I do find, I usually fall asleep, ha ha.  But, today I…

Estado Critico | 5.14d

After a 15 year hiatus from Siurana, Spain, Sonnie Trotter returns to spend 6 days and over a dozen attempts to send the classic spanish test piece, Estado Critico (5.14d/9a). Estado Critico is a 40m testpiece in the El Pati sector of Siurana. The first ascent was made by Ramon Julian in 2004. Sonnie writes…

1975

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,…

Castles in the Sky

Words by Sonnie Photos by Ben Moon “Building Castles in the Sky” is an old Irish proverb for daydreamers who never taken any action. Obviously, it’s a derogatory comment geared towards big planners, the ones who walk around spraying about their colossal ideas, hyping up their visions, but who, at the end of the day,…

Bouldering Mecca: The Lost Hampi Diary

Words & Photos by Sonnie It’s hard to say if it was the bags under my eyes, or the tiny beads of sweat over my brow, but as I shuffled through the front door of my parents house in Toronto, all eyes were on me. My girlfriend Lydia and I had just come back from…