Al, this is WAY different than leaving your pack at the base of a route. The ropless individual indicated that he:
"had left it on the route" and then "went to another area to climb". This is either someone new to climbing who learned a lesson the hard way, or somebody who is trying to hog a climb. If its the latter, there is NO excuse for it. Some people should learn some manners. When I originally read the posting I thought it was so friggin stupid that I considered that someone was trolling for a flaming response, which is sorta what they got.
I was at Rumney this weekend, and was trapped next to a small hoard of ragged looking youngsters who were new to climbing. One guy seemed to kinda know how to climb and he dragged his budds along with him. All well and good, its public property and you are welcome there just like me. But they spent the afternoon smoking butts, putting them out in the dirt, littering the base of the climb, hocking up lungies all over the place and acting like it was the local street corner. Hey, bonehead, you are in the woods and its kinda nice here. Dont act like such a crude dude will ya. Rumney is destined to go the way of all places that have been "discovered".