I missed all the action while out climbing in the cape!
Firstly, yeah, in my opinion the original bolting could have been approached better with permissions etc,
i. Slander will not solve any problems. It actually creates new ones. Guys, may I suggest we think before we just post ??
ii. Rather than a Crusade, may I suggest in future we find more constructive ways to deal with issues? I am sure Matt did not do it to just to piss people off (there are cheaper ways to achieve suchh a goal).
iii. I know ignorance is no excuse, but maybe if a way can be found to inform potential bolters about the 'right' and 'wrong' way then we could get more positive results. Then there is no excuse.
iv. Lets encourage and support those who make an effort to grow the sport (we do want to grow the sport, don't we???)
v. Instead of reactive action, I suggest that those who vehemently oppose to become involved in find a a constructive way to encourage 'responsible bolting' and in doing so boost the reputation of the sport. Crucifying an icon of our game is bad for our image. If you feel so strongly about it, why not mentor the youth in what you deem to be good behaviour.
I respect the effort you put into bolting and growing the sport, and yeah, sometimes reality and the desired outcome is a major mismatch. That's life, and has happened to all of us. Let it roll like water off a duck's back. This whole discussion has taught me a lot, and I believe you to be the bigger man also take some learnings from it. I sincerely pray that we are not the only ones.
We do stuff. Some works, some doesn't. Then we learn. Then we grow. Then we do it better!
Dont give up dude!
For our dear Cape climbers:
If you ever want to witness real environmental destruction, please take a visit to the Mpumalanga Highveld and witness the coal power stations and coal mines supplying the majority of SA with power... Things could be a lot worse in the Cape. Count your blessings.
Peace to all mankind, and prosperity for nature!