Sonnie Trotter snagged the first ascent of Blue Jeans Direct (5.14a) last night, completing a summer project just before the weather sours. Blue Jeans Direct climbs eight pitches on the sheer face of Mount Yamnuska, in the Canadian Rockies near Calgary.
“A warm Rockies weather window, combined with a free day at home, combined with a MEGA motivated and inspiring climbing partner, got me to the summit of Blue Jeans Direct,” Trotter says on Facebook. “Life is good in the Canadian Rockies.”
Trotter says Blue Jeans Direct shares seven of its eight pitches with Blue Jeans, a 5.13b bolted by Nick Rochacewich and Yamnuska's once-hardest route. The new variation adds a 5.14a for the fifth pitch which charges directly through a steep roof.
Blue Jeans Direct is Mount Yamnuska's first 5.14, according to Gripped.
Trotter and his partner Gery Unterasinger managed an ascent without a moment to spare, calling yesterday the season's end. “Tomorrow it's supposed to snow and Friday we're off to California,” Trotter says on Instagram. “So stoked!”