Tyson, Phil didn't deface the memorial. it's been that way for years and years. I think the scratches appeared within months of the engraving.
By Tyson W. From: South Lake Tahoe, CA Oct 27, 2013
I didn't imply he did. I just don't see how his comment is constructive. I was ignorant of the history of the climb as well as Randal's contributions to Red Rocks when I first saw this engraving. Without it, I and many others probably still would be.
I didn't make the engraving, Phil didn't try and scratch it out. I'm not here to argue whether or not the act of the engraving was a good thing or a bad thing. People who knew him obviously put it in place in remembrance of their friend.
The fact is that this is a part of the climb now, and it makes a connection to a big piece of the area's climbing history. Does an engraving, err sorry, "tawdry graffiti" need to be 1,000 years old to be historically valuable?