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Date of birth: November 15, 1979

Location: Canada

Profession : Rock climber

Status: Married

About: Sonnie started climbing at 16 yrs. old and became the first Canadian to climb 5.14c and the third North American to have established a 5.14d. He has gained notoriety by his first ascent of the trad route Cobra Crack 5.14 Trad in Squamish,BC

" Hard Trad is the best way for me to challenge my mental skills and physical skills. "


Canadian climber Sonnie Trotter has climbed a lot of 5.14 trad. He's put up first ascents on El Cap. In this video, Sonnie free solo's a 5.12 crack "Final Cut" and climbs a dicey 5.13R "Lake of Fire" with no warm-up.

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Sonnie Trotter attempts to break into new ground and climb Dave Macleods notorious E11 'Rhapsody' at Dumbarton Rock

Sonnie Trotter takes down in a single push the nearly 200-foot pencil like pillar via the Ewbank Route (5.13b R).

" The Great Red Roof (5.13b?) climbs out a stunning crack through a perfectly horizontal roof, but barely has any jams, instead, it's mostly a giant sloping visor like feature, with a few sketchy cams. The position is incredible."

Sonnie Trotter returns to Siurana in Spain after 14 years. This time he is back with his family and wants to try and finish off old projects, "Estado Critico" 9a/5.14d and L'Mens 8b+ .

Sonnie Trotter establishes a stunning new route called Castles in the Sky, Canada's first five pitch 5.14 on Castle Mountain near Banff, Alberta

 Sonnie Trotter takes us to a secluded crag in Squamish for a look at his route The Battle of Evermore (5.14) and its unique overhanging prow.

" I think right now my heart is more into like making an addition, making a contribution to climbing and putting up this really quality rock climbs that hopefully will be there for many generations, for people to get inspired to do."

On June 23, 2006, Canadian climber Sonnie Trotter free climbed the 40m/ 131.23 feet "Cobra Crack" 5.14b after three years of work.

"It's very rare to find a climb that is both overhanging and so aesthetic. The fingers fit inside, but barely -- if the crack was any more shallow, it would be just another impossible wall, if the crack was much steeper, it may be impossible -- so I consider that route a gift for climbers. I've spent the better half of 10 years looking for a climb like that. It's perfect."

"Cobra Crack, that's the line that made me want to be better. So I rise to the challenge of trying to meet that demand. "



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