|Canadian Sonnie Trotter has made the first ascent of what he believes to be the hardest pure crack climb in the world, Cobra Crack 5.14 b/c (8c/8c+) at the Cirque of the Uncrackables, Squamish, Canada.
The route, a pristine 30m finger-crack that neatly splits the smooth overhanging granite face, was in origin a Peter Croft aid route graded A2. Trotter's dogged determination resulted in 30-40 attempts prior to his successful ascent, which came about yesterday with the 27 year old notably placing all gear on lead.
Trotter is the first Canadian to have climbed 5.14c and he made headline news in 2004 when he succeded in the first ground-up trad ascent of Alan Watt's classic 130ft East Face of Monkey Face (5.13d R) at Smith Rock, USA.
For a detailed report about the ascent check out www.gripped.com, for an excellent introduction to climbing in Squamish, check out www.matthewbuckle.net.