Let the games begin.
So Thin Air and its re-retro-unbolting is fine and dandy, and perhaps shouldn't cause too much consternation. A line in the sand, if you will, or a message, or an example. Of what? Exactly what was the non-unanimous (and argued) "consensus" the other night?
It was my impression --inform me if I have it wrong-- that 'we' want to keep the routes as they are. Great. But the model for that tradition hs been bastardized each and every way possible for going on four generations of climbers. Some bolts we don't seem to mind, and for sometimes good reasons other bolts make us seethe.
Certain bolts next to cracks... go chop. Some immediately, and others twenty years after they were drilled (...and then re-drilled. oy vey). Other bolts next to cracks, well let 'em be. Old pins in scars, well let's leave these ones, they're still good gear. Other old pins, well lets take these out and leave nice wee pinkie jams.
You name it, we have an example and a precedent that you can go take to justify whatever it is you want to do.
This will just be a debacle, without any decorum, very quickly. The meeting the other night could have been a discussion... but it was not. It was all about stumping and volume, and that's why I did not feel comfortable "voting." The voices courageous enough to stand up and suggest something different were very quickly silenced by loud, angry, drunken ones. Great.