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Tommy Caldwell and Sonnie Trotter’s Big Canadian Route

In 2011, Tommy Caldwell and Sonnie Trotter teamed up for the unclimbed east face of Banff’s Mount Louis. In light of the Dawn Wall, we are sharing this video from 2011 about Caldwell and Trotter establishing The Shining. Trotter and Caldwell redpointed The Shining 5.13c/d, an impressive 15-pitch route (with seven bolted pitches) on the Diamond Face on Mount Louis in the Canadian Rockies.

Having established the climb in July after three days of work and a total of 50-hours of climbing, the pair returned to bag a redpoint ascent of the entire route.

Gripped’s editor Brandon Pullan tagged along for the redpoint ascent to assist with belaying while Trotter and Caldwell swapped taking photos. Pullan jumared the ropes on the crux Diamond pitches. The final climb took 22 hours from car to car. The Shining has not been repeated as of spring 2015.

Sonnie Trotter on The Shining. Photo Tommy Caldwell/Sonnie Trotter

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