Anyone interested in going up there to replace this thing before a bird closure? I'll be back in the states on New Year's but don't have a drill. Someone want to get the approval done in advance and volunteer to do the drilling? I'll do the leading or rigging or whatever.
I have an application submitted with the OSMP but we are still discussing a few details. If this really is the only place to get any protection as described by George Bell in his route description then that makes it a de-facto belay and it doesn't make sense to add just a single bolt.
I have been talking to Jim Erickson on his ideas about what he would like done with the route. On the first ascent, he doesn't remember belaying at the bolt, but he does remember that he and Jim Walsh just kind of ran the route out (please accept my apologies Jim if I am mis-representing your comments to me). Jim agreed that if this bolt is now the de-facto belay that it should be bomber and have two good bolts.
The OSMP has the final call here and they are talking with the Flatirons Fixed Hardware Review Committee to get their input. I will keep this forum in the loop on what the OSMP decides.
I've stepped up on stuff worse than that on El Cap, you know it won't hold more than your body weight but you leave it clipped anyway because it's better than the 10 #0 bashies below it...classic old hardware, haha.