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…

HOMAGE to Wolfgang

PUNKS IN THE GYM, THE World’s FIRST 5.14 Words by Sonnie TrotterPhotos by Ben Moon It was Christmas Day back in Ontario, and I was 15 years old – just that age where the holiday starts to lose its cool. I tore back the paper on one particularly heavy, book-shaped present, and there it was:…

Bishop

Words & Photos by Sonnie Old Man Winter is a mixed bag of emotions for many Canadian climbers. We wait all summer for fall to come, and try to maximize the perfect conditions it brings. However, the temperatures keep dropping, week after week, and eventually the skies darken and the snow falls. It’s quite enchanting…

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…

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,…

WORN WEAR!

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…

MALTA AGAIN!

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!