Trotter Climbs The Prophet on El Capitan

Second-ever ascent of route


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Canadian climber Sonnie Trotter has made the second ascent of The Prophet (5.13d R), the difficult and dangerous free route established by Leo Houlding on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park last year. Trotter and partner Will Stanhope spent five weeks in Yosemite working the route—his first on El Cap—before finally sending. “The Prophet is one of the richest, most deeply rooted climbing experiences I have ever had,” Trotter wrote on his blog. “It was more like an expedition than a climbing trip.” Stanhope reportedly freed all but one of the route’s pitches, the notoriously hard A1 Beauty.

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