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Ben Lomond Bolts Removed 19-Apr-2007 At 1:29:53 AM drdeviousii

>Exactly Ronny. This is not about aesthetics but ethics.

aesthetics & ethic are intrinsically related though! The visual impact of fixed gear & tat is the same - if there's no fixed gear then the climbing experience feels "more pure". But if there's fixed gear, whether bolts or tat, then the experinece is "less pure".

Saying that tat can be removed therefore its ok is bollocks, because in reality its never removed. Same with chalk, in theory it can be removed but it practise it is never washed off. In many ways the impact of chalk is just as bad if not worse than bolts, but that's another argument.

IMO, the Ben can be a great trad crag even with select rap anchors. But I'm not an arrogant self-appointed guardian of Tasmanian climbing who's been climbing for 30 years, so what would i know.

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