Son­nie Trot­ter Links Big Rock­ies Lines

Pass Lake Sport Boom

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Son­nie Trot­ter was ex­pect­ing his sec­ond child in the sum­mer, but that didn’t stop him from go­ing af­ter his an­nual goal to push hard climb­ing in the Cana­dian alpine. On Mount Louis, he linked the hard­est pitches of his 15- pitch route The Shin­ing to push the grade up to 5.14a. On Cas­tle Moun­tain, he made the f irst in­te­gral of The Moat 5.11d, Cas­tles in the Sky 5.14a and Eisen­hower Tower 5.5 to make an­other 15- pitch 5.14 he dubbed War Ham­mer. By sum­mer’s end, he sent Blue Jeans Di­rect 5.14 on Yam­nuska and cre­ated a new stan­dard of big Rock­ies lines to climb in one sum­mer. In North­west­ern On­tario, Pass Lake stands alone as one of Canada’s only sand­stone sport climb­ing crags. You can park next to the wall and, thanks to lo­cals, there are now over 60 sport climbs. Dr. Pa­trick Mar­tel added routes f rom 5.10 to 5.12a. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the Thun­der Bay Climbers Face­book page.

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