I am not advocating for or against the bolts there.I have,in fact,spoken out here against the one's that were placed atop Bird's Nest.I don't need a lecture from anyone about anchoring myself there either.I've led They Died about thirty times without incident,and the Slot maybe 15,so spare me the lecture.I can make an anchor anywhere anyone can.
I agree 100% that a safe anchor can be arranged there,did so the same day we saw the sketch anchor.My issue is that as the bolt wars play out,the cliff keeps getting more and more screwed up.The piton was there for a long time,someone placed the bolts,removed the piton I guess.Someone chopped the bolts,great,now there is nothing to keep the outward pull off the nuts.All the anchors were chopped eventually and a month or so ago we reinstalled some slings on the big oak there across the ledge just so we could rap without pulling rope over tree bark.
Every time this s**t happens !! There were some functional slings on the rap tree over Bombardment,then we got the bolt anchor that lasted one day,then it got chopped but the slings are gone too.
For the record I thought the bolts over They Died were a good idea,they kept people from traversing all the way over to rap,knocking stuff down,throwing ropes down on people leading Child's Play,etc.. They kept the Slot and They Died more independant.They are no more or less"necessary" than the belay bolts on the Book.