The Prophet on El Capitan for Sonnie Trotter

Sonnie Trotter on The Prophet, El Capitan, 188 kb
Sonnie Trotter on The Prophet, El Capitan
© 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).

  • Trotter has been blogging about The Prophet on his website.

RELATED VIDEO: Leo Houlding on The Prophet


Sonnie Trotter has several sponsors including: Patagonia, Five Ten, Black Diamond, Sterling Rope


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