Sonnie Trotter Climbs Another World's Hardest Trad Route

© Cory Richards
On August 20th, Canadian climber Sonnie Trotter, first ascensionist of Cobra Crack at Squamish, a contender for the world's hardest single-pitch trad route alongside Dave MacLeod's Rhapsody at Dumbarton Rock, Scotland, has climbed another hard route at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, that may turn out to be the new contender for the world's hardest single-pitch trad route.

The route is 45 meters long, with 60-80 foot fall potential. Although Trotter says it's, " Solid 5.14 and very runout, but not dangerous, no x factor."

Significantly he also says that, "After climbing Cobra Crack last year, and trying the E11 route Rhapsody in Scotland in May I can confidently call this new line one of the world's hardest and best traditional lines.

All the gear was placed on the lead. "I can now relax and take my rock guiding exam with peace of mind."

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22 Aug, 2007
I like what Sonnie posts - "After climb Cobra Crack last year, and trying the E11 route Rhapsody in Scotland in May I can confidently call this new line one of the words hardest and BEST traditial lines.". I would rather believe what he says about climbing hard, than a groupie.
23 Aug, 2007
What's `solid 5.14' mean? Rhapsody's a sandbag at 5.14c R, and although he hasn't said its harder than that, if it was you'd think it would've taken him a little longer, unless he's far more of a trad beast than I assumed (yes I know he's done Cobra Crack etc.) in which case he's capable of even more. Canada does have many excellent lines, but isn't noted for its reliable climbing conditions.. The route does look great like, fantastic effort.
23 Aug, 2007
What, compared to where exactly? Over the last three weeks in Squamish - it rained (meaningfully) once. Meanwhile, back in the old country:
23 Aug, 2007
News updated: Thanks Dom
23 Aug, 2007
As a patriotic Canadian, you'll have been delighted to see Sonny wearing the stars and stripes on his back. Do we have any wild guesses as to what E-grade this represents in order to keep this from slipping of the front page?
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