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G'day Vanessa (we met in the Darrans a few years back I think) 'n' all. I almost never go on this forum because of the crap but an old colleague told me someone had mentioned that singer from the Stone Roses in a dispatch....and I'm pretty sure he's never been to Kaputar.
I can answer Vanessa's question - no-one has ever approached me about bolting on Lindsay. And I can answer your implied question too - if any of my routes have been retro-bolted I'll be very pissed off! (not that it would bother the likely perp, by the sounds of it) and if I happen to be passing that way I'll pack my hacksaw.
And I can't understand what a bolt would be doing on The Last Waltz, unless it was seriously lost while looking for something unprotectable. My attitude to retro-bolting is simple - I would even disagree with it if I was somehow persuaded to agree to it on a specific climb. Its an equal opportunity thing. Its not as if there aren't enough sport routes in the world, but scary old trad routes, well they're becoming an endangered species. And if anyone thinks the pendulum won't swing back then they need to read a bit of history. And what self-respecting bit of cliff ever begged to be made 'popular' anyway?. Then there's the historical aspect. But I guess this is all a bit too philosophical for the fast food climber and their noble mission to tame everything.