Sonnie Trotter sent The Path 5.14R at the Back of the Lake in Alberta in 2007. The route went on to become a must-try trad test-piece that’s been repeated by Babsi Zangerl, Alex Megos, Tommy Caldwell and more.
It was an old bolted project that fell into disrepair over the years. Trotter was on a bold-trad-climb first-ascent sending spree, so he decided to chop the old bolts and try it on gear. He sent the line at 5.14R after taking a number of big falls.
It created some controversy, however, as some climbers spoke out against the chopping. This is all old news, but if you’d like to read about it visit here.