If you examine my original post, I never compared Jimmy Dunn's exploits to any other climber, and I never mentioned climbs in New England. I certainly didn't "put down" modern climbers.
His routes in the West are quite different than anything he did in N.H., and many of his bold, run-out leads were done from the ground-up--on-sight, without the use of cams.
Speaking of New England, when I started mid-60's, Wiessner and J. Turner were my "hero's". Now that I'm old, I don't have anymore "hero's", but I do respect what was done in the past, and also what the new generation of cutting-edge climbers are accomplishing.
Jimmy Dunn is a "legend" out West, far more than in the East, among the veteran climbers, and for good reason. Some of his hard routes in the Black Canyon, have had additional bolts added by really well known strong climbers, simply because they were not bold enough to do them in Jimmy's style.
Again, my original post didn't malign any of the modern climbers of today, and I am impressed by the drive of some of my good friends, who in their mid-50's are working on 5.13 "projects"
I'm sitting here typing this, instead of being productive, because I tore something in my shoulder yesterday on Cathedral, Sh----it.