|By ed esmond |
Dec 18, 2012
Have you noticed how Kenny Nichols and his insanity becomes more "admirable" and his apologists more vocal the farther away from Connecticut (and the rest of New England) they are?
A quick look at this and the other recent "bolt ct" thread show it's climbers from far away Oregon, California, and that epi-center of climbing, Wisconsin who continue to think Nichols' approach to climbing is "the way."
Not surprisingly, the climbers from New England, who've dealt with him for years and years and years, see it a little differently...
One of the long distance supporters (who's personal exposure to Nichols was 2 years worth of climbing with him, many decades ago....) wants to make sure that "the whole picture or both sides of the story," is told.
Here's the "whole picture:" Nichols unilaterally decided for everyone in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and anywhere else he could drive to in a day, what climbing should be....
Kenny was definitely a "whole picture" sort of guy... The "whole picture" was "do it my way, or I'll chop." Keep in mind the "chopping" wasn't just removing the offending bolts and returning the rock to it's natural state. In Massachusetts, it almost always involved swinging a heavy hammer and smashing things.
Nichols' "side of the story" is that he didn't give a rat's behind about "the other side of the story."
Some may say "I agree with his philosophy but not his actions." Which is all very nice, except after all these years, his "actions" have become his "philosophy..." It isn't about bolting, but more about "Do it my way or I will punish you...."
From the other side of the country, it may be hard to see that; but, from right next door, it's pretty obvious.
Those of us, who haven't had the luxury of distance from Nichols and his wackiness over the years, are tired of him and his bs. We'd just like to move on...
It's 2012: sport climbing is not a crime. A few bolts on some scrappy cliffs in suburban Connecticut won't be the end of Western Civilization.
ps. A quick question for the guy from Wisconsin, who lead the 5.11x on "tied down hooks:" How'd that go? Was it everything you imagined it would be? Think it will catch on, maybe be the "future of free climbing?" How many times did you tr that route before trying it on hooks?