The Path and <i>Cobra Crack </i>Repeated


Climbing Magazine 255 - February 2007. Cover boy Sonnie Trotter on Cobra Crack (5.14), which Nicolas Favresse just climbed for its second ascent. Photo by Paul Bride.

The Path and Cobra Crack Repeated

Two of North America’s hardest traditional rock climbs—both Sonnie Trotter routes in Canada—have been repeated in the past few days.

Ethan Pringle has made a rapid second ascent of The Path (5.14a R) at the Back of the Lake crag in Lake Louise, Alberta. According to, Pringle toproped the route only twice before sending. Trotter first redpointed the quartzite climb last year after pulling the bolts from an abandoned sport-climbing line.

In Squamish, British Columbia, meanwhile, the Belgian all-arounder Nicolas Favresse has made the second ascent of the Cobra Crack (5.14), a long, extremely overhanging granite finger crack. Trotter completed the first ascent of the much-tried crack in the summer of 2006.

More information and photos will be posted as they become available.

Dates of Ascents: July 2008,

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Nicolas Favresse kissing his bicep near the end his ascent of L’Appât (VI 5.13a), the first free route up a big wall about 200 feet right of Yosemite Falls. Photo by Chris Van Leuven

The Path and Cobra Crack Repeated