Somebody would eventually have the vision to do it.
Not to rag on the FA or anything, but Clint gave me a case of red ass when I mentioned that some of the free El Cap routes were worked top down just like the route Growing Up on Half Dome.
I saw this in the original story:
We went as far as Sous Le Toit ledge, leaving fixed ropes that were ultimately anchored to a big block just over the rim. We then climbed back out to a stance just at the lip of the Great Roof and began work on the crack in the headwall.
Several days were spent on these headwall pitches as we toproped or led them, or sussed out the protection, and just got used to being in such an exposed place.
I saw the slide show presented in Casper--at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom, of all places. Must have been around 1992? Beth Wald was also present. I was totally stunned at what these guys had accomplished. It was a climb way ahead of it's time, and all nay-sayer comments are simply a very bad case of extremely sour grapes. And for those of us fortunate to be living in Wyoming, these boyz were "the Home Team!"
Really nice! I have always wondered how the NPS does the power drilling confrontation? Do they mail a ticket now-a-days, or try to beat you to the top and catch a person. That would be a funny low speed chase to observe from a helicopter.