Dear Mr/s. Interested Party (aka: anonymous coward):
First of all, I did not publish climbing this route in any way. I did the route; Al shot a pic from the road on his own accord; Mark sent Al the pics he shot on his own accord. I learned several years ago to steer clear of the climbing internet sites - exactly because of instances such as these.
Secondly, I don't understand why you are now choosing to remain anonymous. How was I to know that it had been done? Whom should I ask? If it's to be kept secret when routes are done - or, not known by those not "in-the-know", then I fail to see how one could begrudge someone like me for doing something like I did. Now, I am being humiliated and ostricized for doing something that I had no means nor capacity of preventing as per the clandestine nature of the ascent. I would have openly and happily and humbly removed those stupid bolts myself if I had been asked/told to do so by SOMEONE WITH A NAME! But, no, apparently you all prefer to remain anonymous and yet act very vociferously. How about, "Hey, Will, you knucklehead, *I [insert name here]* did that thing w/out the bolts so you should remove them; or, I'm [insert name here] going to chop them". That would be totally fine with me. Absolutely - the error was and is all mine!!!! But, this sort of thing reminds me of the Gestapo - if one maintains and enforces authority in secrecy, what is the control over the policing agency? And, of course, the answer is: the policing agency itself.
Is it okay for folks to secretly chop bolts? It seems as though climbing in North Conway requires membership to a secret society which grants authority to climb to bolt to chop - should I request permission in writing to climb to bolt to chop a route? To whom should the request be directed? I know it's not via the internet.....let's see....Dear "The Local Climbers of North Conway" wherever and whoever you may be.....should you find this message in a bottle.....is it okay for me to climb in your neighborhood.....please please please!!!!
Ha, ha, ha....not very likely! Please, by all means, keep your secrets, keep your crags, and keep acting like moronic, crazed, adolescent male dogs pissing on each other.
So, again, I'm sorry I ever placed my first two bolts. However, if this is how you wish to behave - good riddance and it was nice not knowing you!
Chal Moko Chal Sarada ("Eat Well; Live Well" in Korean - and, it's intended UTTERLY ironically)
William H. Mayo