Sonnie Trotter on Rhapsody E11 .. steps to successby Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com May/2008
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JLS, who like several climbers was witness to this attempt, reports,
I really like his style setting off from the ground on 'Requiem Direct Start' (15m, E3 5b) on which he placed no gear. On reaching the ledge he placed a couple of runner in start of Requiem crack and paused for a 10 minute breather. After getting his shoes back on and shedding a jumper he proceeded to flow up the Requiem crack as he'd done on the headpoint of Requiem. Pausing for what seemed like an age at the top of the crack - perhaps 15 minutes - he shook-out and placed his last bits of gear before nervously setting out on the final head wall, commenting that it's a bit different on the lead. Once he got going he look fine on the head wall until he fell from a high point more or less as seen in the picture, taking an 8m-10m fall which actually looked quite tame in comparison to some of Dave Mac's falls from the top.
You can see JLS's photo HERE.
Keep your eye on Sonnie's blog, it's a lovely mix about his progress on Rhapsody and his observations on Scotland. You can read it here at Sonnie's Blog:
'You go Sonnie', as Oprah would say, we are all routing for you.
Thanks to Erik B, JLS and Fraser, and Dave Brown at Hot Aches for their live reports.
You can read all about Dave Macleod's ascent of Rhapsody at this UKClimbing.com article, Dave MacLeod, The Modern Traditionalist – E11