Zane put me onto this discussion.
I'm retired from climbing due to knuckle damage (arthritus), so watch it lads!
Son Russ lives at Mt Victoria NSW and climbs when work and kids allow.
Sophie climbs when time and kids allow.
The point not being made in this Balls Pyramid discussion is the inspirational value of the place. Maybe
not everyone can achieve it, but many can aspire to it. Those who have climbed it are touched forever.
OK, I think we should limit it because overuse would degrade it. I don't think money should be the main
limit. Society would benefit more if it was used something like The Duke of Edinburgh award: to develop
people and future leaders. Maybe an interview process by a committee of.. well climbers and society
leaders. Every year on say Australia day the PM makes a big announcement: "And this years permission to climb Balls Pyramid goes to ........" It could be limited to say 10 teams of 10 maximum.
Each team, or the climbing selection committee, would have a team of climbers (maybe the next team)
who would sign up promising to rescue anyone who was in trouble. And try to keep the police out of it
as it wold be wasted on them. They would enjoy the rescue, then moan about how much trouble and
cost it was. Far better to use rescues to develop climbers abilities.