Necessary Evil (5.14c) Repeated By Jonathan Siegrist

Necessary Evil (5.14c) Repeated By Jonathan Siegrist

Over the course of the past couple of years Jonathan Siegrist has made quick work of hard 5.14s across the country and around the world with repeats of routes like Kryptonite (5.14d) at Colorado’s Fortress of Solitude and American Gangster (5.14c) in Yangshuo, China as well as a slew of repeats and two hard first ascents in Kentucky.  It seemed like a matter of time before Siegrist would find a route that would really challenge him, and a challenge is exactly what he found in the Virgin River Gorge’s Necessary Evil (5.14c).

Necessary Evil, which adds a direct start to the Boone Speed route The Route Of All Evil (5.14a), was first done way back in 1996 by an up and coming Chris Sharma.
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 It has long stood as a testpiece and its list of repeaters reads like a who’s who of American climbers with names like Caldwell, Campbell, Graham, Litz, Woods and Pringle among those who have clipped the chains.
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Now, after an extended battle against “frustration, terribly fickle conditions, and some severely height dependent cruxes”, Siegrist can add his name to the aforementioned list of climbers who have climbed Necessary Evil.
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 Calling it a “rite of passage in American sport climbing” Siegrist shares the full story in his usual fashion on his blog.

Here’s some old footage of Dave Graham sending the line

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8 Responses to Necessary Evil (5.14c) Repeated By Jonathan Siegrist

  1. dave February 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Is that the full list of people who have sent NE? Is the full list known?

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    • Narc February 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Good question. The list I included covers all the people I could find but it seems like a visiting Euro must have done it at some point, right??

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  2. Huston February 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Francois Legrand is a visiting Euro that has clipped the chains. Sonnie Trotter has done it too, I believe. I would think some others, too.

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    • Ryan J March 1, 2011 at 7:22 am #

      did he come back after his trip with Yuji? on that trip, LeGrand did Route of all Evil and not the harder start…

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  3. dave February 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    So roughly 10 ascents? I wonder what the most known 14cs in the US are?

    Just do it
    Necessary Evil (aka Turd Burglar!!)
    Ice Cream

    Most of the 14cs at the Red are pretty new, not sure I’d put them in quite the same class.

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    • Narc March 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

      Probably a route like Livin’ Astro although it seems as though it may “only” be 5.14b now.

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