Sonnie Trotter Links Big Rockies Lines
Pass Lake Sport Boom
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.