posted by dpm on 02/27/2011
After a small hiatus from climbing Jonathan Siegrist is back and he just clipped the chains of yet another iconic route, Necessary Evil (5.14c). Siegrist, who views this historic line as a rite of passage, struggled to nab this ascent and felt that he had to pinch harder and work through “height” dependent cruxes more on this problem than any other problem he has encountered.
photo: Jorge Visser and Maxim Ropes
Necessary Evil was originally a Boone Speed project before a young Chris Sharma came in and hiked the line for its first ascent in 1996. Since then the route has seen very few ascents and has maintained its status as one of America’s hardest. The line begins with a savage, two-bolt V11 boulder problem and continues into an existing Boone Speed 5.14 called Route of all Evil. The route has seen ascents by sport climbing’s elite and continues to be etched into the memories of the climbing community with each ascent. It appears that Siegrist can breathe a sighrelief and add his name to the elite list of ascentionists that have clipped the chains as he has earned his place in sport climbing history.
Photo: Jorge Visser and Maxim Ropes