look folks - it's NOT about the price of the rope. we've been working on some lines, one is partly done, several are on the way. we left the rope up there 'cause it makes it a lot easier to get up to where we are working. WTF is the deal here? I don't understand the issue. this was OBVIOUSLY someone's rope. not a new one, but a serviceable rope. whether it was there a week or a month, IT DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU. it was hanging from a 2-bolt anchor, not caught in a tree! it wasn't coiled on the ground like someone forgot it. and if it was on the ground, maybe dropping it a IME or posting something in the L&F might be the RIGHT THING TO DO.
LOOK, someone picked off a 5 year old rope that we were using to get up and down on an obscure part of a local cliff so we could work on some new routes. IMNSHO there is no excuse for that. the rope wasn't there for months, for a year, for WHATEVER. there is always the possibility that it wasn't a climber that took it, however there were a bunch of footprints around that area that weren't ours and from what I understand some looked like rock shoe prints. I don't know the rational and I honestly don't care. I'm saying that IMNSHO (and I know I'm probably not all that humble) I think that this action SUCKS.