You are the de facto historian of the valley, or at least you seem like it. I assume that you, if anyone, would know the particulars of El Cap free routes. You would know which free wall routes were worked, even to a small degree, from the top down.
I really don't want to get into a pissing match with you, but since you seem to hold opinions as well as history, when exactly is it OK to add a bolt either on aid or top down swinging around piecing together a route?
You are right, Bruce, but since I don't have a picture of myself there, I posted that one.
Versailles was mostly built between 1638-1715, the Palazzo Reale between 1643-1655. Apparently, mirrored rooms were popular as a demonstration of wealth:
"In the 17th century, mirrors were among the most expensive items to possess at the time; the Venetian Republic held the monopoly on the manufacture of mirrors. In order to maintain the integrity of his philosophy of mercantilism, which required that all items used in the decoration of Versailles be made in France, Jean-Baptiste Colbert enticed several workers from Venice to make mirrors at the Manufacture royale de glaces de miroirs. According to legend, in order to keep its monopoly, the government of the Venetian Republic sent agents to France to poison the workers whom Colbert had brought to France."
But bringing the topic back to climbing - People who have never climbed on Yosemite glacial polish probably cannot imagine how insanely slippery it can be. That sickening squeaking sound the rubber makes if you stray onto the glass. I haven't climbed on the Apron in a while, but I don't remember the polish there as being as bad as on some of the walls in the Meadows. What do you think?