Clark is a great guy. Personable, a font of information, and just an all around asset to the area.
That said, it doesn't give him license to retro bolt anything he wants. Surprise is not his route, and it was without that bolt for over 40 years. It isn't the first route Clark has added bolts to and its not the first of such bolts that was removed.
And somehow since Johannsolo climbs hard means he can't clean up a mess on a 5.8? He actually get props from me for caring enough about a route that is likely quite easy for him.
This isn't an issue. The ethics of the area are pretty well set. Don't add bolts to others lines, or to your own lines if they are shared with an preexisting route.
That said, it doesn't give him license to retro bolt anything he wants.
The bolt in question is not on Surprise but is instead on Clam Chowder. It is one of two bolts that were added to the first pitch of Clam Chowder about a month ago, and was put in by Clark Jacobs who was a member of the FA party (Clark Jacobs, Jay Smith, Jim Wood - 1973). After putting up the route they agreed bolts in the first pitch would have been good, and that eventually one of them could/would come back and do it at a later date. "
"The two new bolts on Clam Chowder were put in by a member of the FA party. So it would seem to merit consideration."
Nov 12, 2009 - 07:40pm PT
"I spoke to Clark this past weekend and he said he added the two bolts to the first pitch of Clam Chowder (not Surprise). "
Clark is incredibly honest about his actions, and I agree - he isn't the "servant" of Idyllwild.
I don't think anyone is.
Some people just need religion everywhere in their life...
Those bolts weren't necessary - none are. They likely won't be missed. However, those two things don't have to be true about all routes at Suicide.
Never fear, the sun will rise in the east and set in the west, and the world will go on largely unaware of the grumblings of mountain folk.