Ok, so I don't think this is quite what Al had in mind for this topic. As usual, it has been hijacked and people are just being argumentative.
I believe what Al wanted was a rational discussion about how to educate all the 'gymmies' who come up from MetroRock, RIRockGym, BRG etc etc and have no clue about really what they are doing outside.
Rumney has become an outdoor gym, which is fantastic, but the lack of education of new climbers is not only appalling, but dangerous.
The things we need to educate people on come right from the basics - even how to clip draws outside can be a lot different. From there, then we can talk about etiquette.
This should include things like:
consideration for your fellow climbers,
trying not to crowd people on a route, (which is sometimes unavoidable)
how to ask politlely when someone will be finished with a climb,
how to take your rope down when it is crowded to let everyone else have a chance on the route,
how not to set up a bunch of ropes in one particular area so that all of your friends can TR the same line over and over,
how to MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT TR Off the in situ
how not to talk obnoxiously loudly on your cell phone,
pick up your trash,
erase your tick marks,
keep all of your gear in a neat little pile,
how to make sure you *never* step on someone else's rope,
how to pass under someone who is being lead belayed, and
how to make sure your dog is tied up and not going to harass people. (Better yet, leave it at home
Plus, I am sure there are a ton of things I am forgetting.
Climbing should be enjoyed by all, and it is a shame that the tradition of teaching respect and reverence has been almost obliterated. I learned from some old school brits, and am very glad of the practices that they passed on to me. When I am teaching new people, I am constantly trying to imbue them with the ethics and style which were passed on to me.
While it is true that the best way to enjoy Rumney is to go there during the week, it is just not always possible for us Massholes. The crowding situation there is getting out of hand, but we all have to remember that we are also part of that crowding. Gone are the days before the lights in Plymouth, gone are the days of no parking lot. We have to face the facts that there are only a limited amount of cliffs, with an expanding population of climbers. We just have to deal with it.
As the saying goes, a little education can go a long way. If you see someone doing something wrong at Rumney (or anywhere else for that matter) let them know. They may swear at you, but just know that you are doing the right thing. (You also may be saving their life, or their partner's)