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Necessary Diligence: Mike Doyle Projecting Necessary Evil (5.14c)

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Necessary Evil was bolted in 1989 by Boone Speed at the Virgin River Gorge in northern Arizona. At the time, Speed had no inclination that the route would eventually become one of the hardest routes in the world. In 1997, a teenage Chris Sharma linked the crimpy moves to complete the first ascent and graded the line 5.14c. Today, Necessary Evil has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest ticks in the country. Enter the Canadian crusher Mike Doyle. Doyle has set up shop in a town next to the Virgin River Gorge with one sole purpose: redpoint Necessary Evil. This awesome video by Joe Kinder highlights the true dedication it takes for someone to climb at their highest level.