Sonnie Trotter on The Prophet, El Capitan
UKC News, Nov 2011
© Sonnie Trotter Collection Canadian climber Sonnie Trotter has made the second ascent of Leo Houlding's El Cap swan song The Prophet (E9, 500m). But the route didn't go down easily.
I think it was the most savage and satisfying rock climb of my life.† One of the hardest routes I have ever done.† My first El Cap route ever.† And I'm glad it's over.
Sonnie Trotter repeats The Prophet
Trotter was climbing with fellow Canadian Will Stanhope, who managed the whole route except the infamous 'A1 Beauty' pitch, for which he has vowed to return.
The pair initially attempted the route ground up, and completed much of the route in this style. They eventually abseiled in to inspect some of the upper pitches.
Trotter and Stanhope then climbed the route in a continuous push over 3 days, completing the final pitches after the 'A1 Beauty' by headtorch.
Trotter is no stranger to hard and dangerous climbing, having completed many hard trad test-pieces the world over, including an extended stay in Scotland to climb Dave MacLeod's Dumbarton line Rhapsody (E11).
RELATED VIDEO: Leo Houlding on The Prophet
Sonnie Trotter has several sponsors including: Patagonia, Five Ten, Black Diamond, Sterling Rope