Sonnie Trotter started climbing in one of Canada’s first indoor facilities in 1995. Although surrounded by farmland in Southern Ontario, this youngster was instantly hooked by the allure of mountains and adventure. His mom purchased a 3-month unlimited climbing pass for him on his 16th birthday and he began to climb almost every day after school. It was the beginning of a new life for Sonnie. Eighteen months later in Rifle CO, he climbed his first 5.14, and then climbed two more a week later.
His passion and commitment over the last two decades have taken him to over a dozen different countries around the world, while claiming hundreds of first ascents in every style of climbing imaginable over literally thousands of different routes. And yet his hunger for the vertical world remains just as strong as it did at 16.
Sonnie is now older, wiser and climbing better than ever. He currently resides in the limestone mecca of Canmore, Alberta, in Western Canada with his wife Lydia and their two children Tatum Rein and Mesa Pearl. Sonnie spends most of the Canadian rock season bouncing between the Coastal and Rocky Mountains.
The Balancing Act
Sonnie Trotter has been obsessed with climbing for nearly 25 years. During this time he has amassed an impressive list of first ascents and challenging repeats around the world. But his self proclaimed ‘greatest achievement’ so far has been his 14 year relationship with his now wife Lydia and the birth of their two children Tatum and Mesa. Sonnie shares with us some of his insight into the world of love, risk, parenting and travel.