No difference. Something left unattended, outdoors on public land by a climber who intends to return and retrieve it, fully expecting it to be there when he returns, which is then stolen by another climber. No use for a miniaturized dispenser.
Thanks for elucidating your thinking, but nope. Wrong ballpark. Please keep trying to come up with a valid argument though.
Both acts involve taking something that is not yours. Why the theft of the rope more acceptable than the theft of the backpack?
If you leave your backpack out indefinitely like trash too, then there's no difference there either. Leaving your crap lying around in a wilderness area for extended lengths of time makes the area and climbers look like shit.
Do I believe there are caveats for development? Sure. But erring on the side of minimum eyesore is probably wisest, as is stashing your development gear where it can't be seen/stolen by the riff-raff.
If you want to leave your stuff lying around to test the honor system amongst the lowest common denominator out there, it's your rope/backpack, not mine. And then you can pathetically argue ethics online while somebody else plays with your gear.
So the length of time is what makes one theft more acceptable than the other.
You know Dale, I can't really help you any further. Why don't you do the heavy lifting and figure out why leaving your stuff out and expecting it back like an entitled idiot is the ethically superior stance, I don't really care enough.
Dale, since your having a hard time with this concept I suggest you refer to page 2 of this forum where another poster cites the park rule as not abandoning gear for more than 24 hours. In addition to basic common sense you now have a delineated time point that one must cross before you should consider taking their gear.
Great thread. Entertained me for a solid 20 minutes
Ha ha ha, this thread is a hoot! I swear if people had to log in to MP with their real names it would eliminate about 99% of this flaming. Only the true nuts who are willing to meet face to face and duke it out over their beliefs would post flame. Take a look at what you've posted and think about what you might say or not say if you had to log in under your real name and you'll know if you belong in the Internet Coward Club.