Same reason that, although we all sweated the time we led our first 5.6, a few years later we turn around and dismiss the climb as "easy" to other beginners. Â As much as many of us don't like to admit it, climbing is a competitive sport, and climbers competitive people. Â Unfortunately, sometimes that competitive nature manifests itself as a desire to make others' accomplishments seem less impressive than our own. Â To me, the argument that fixed gear ruins the sport amounts to more experienced climbers wanting to make sure that beginners "pay their dues." Â I'm certainly not advocating unbridled bolting, and I do believe that respect for first ascensionists and tradition are important, but I do not think that, once a climber becomes a 5.11 leader, he has the right to go back and chop bolts/remove pins on all the climbs he feels he has mastered. Â Furthermore, resisting upgrading fixed gear and belays on climbs amounts to sheer stupidity in my opinion. Â The attitude out West seems to be that any effort to make fixed gear and belays more reliable is to be lauded...an attitude I think we would be wise to adopt.