Â Using the same rational that someone, I think I know who, must have used to put a double-bolt rap anchor at the top of Child's Play, presumedly to protect the rotten stump people were using, would it be a wise choice to add a double bolt anchor at the top of Bombardment.
Dave, your take on the "rationale" used is off-base.
There was no stump anywhere near the top of Child's Play when the anchor in question to was placed. Â Folks were building an anchor in the blocks on the small ledge left of the Kiddy Crack tree... and, truth be told, since the erosion back East has quickened to a Kentucky Derby pace, these blocks had become loose. It was also not uncommon for parties to hog the Kiddy Crack tree for the whole lot. Â In addition, the darkened history of the North End already included retroactive anchors, notably atop They Died and Bird's Nest. Â In discussion with "the community," it was *quite obvious* that the addition of this anchor rankled many, but that its addition could perhaps be not unjustifiable.
It's too bad the Bombardment tree is so worked over. Â This stance does indeed get hammered by foot traffic, which obviously had much to do with killing the tree nearer the cliff edge. Â But you are indeed correct in that chopping rap slings from this tree will only guarantee their immediate replacement. Â I don't know if I totally dig a drilled anchor here... to do any good (for the tree, mind you) these bolts will need to be *below* the tree's location; several of us had discussed the grey slab at your left as you top-out the route.
The "original character" statement was a compromise at best, although indeed something everyone could agree on. Â The problem was (and is) that "character" to one person will greatly offend another. Â
I guess one has to imagine Cathedral completely denuded, bare and treeless, during the era of many of these FAs. Â Do you think there would be permanent anchors at many belay ledges currently served by faithful vegetation?