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When is a project open? 5-Nov-2004 At 11:24:25 AM Robb
first ascents are good fun. having a go at some previously unclimbed line is great. if you put the effort in to a bit of brushing and bolting effort (which can sometimes be substantial), maybe you get a bit of priority. people can either respect it or not. if someone climbs your project before u, so what, its just a climb!. no point crying over spilled milk.
having projects for 4 or more years though is a little ridiculous. personally i couldnt be bothered in investing that much time in a piece of rock. one the other hand, there is alot of rock out there, usually plenty to do without offending someone by getting on their newly bolted project, especially if they have asked you not to.
doing new routes for me is a it like putting something back into climbing and seeing people enjoy a new route is quite cool.

there was a strange case in adelaide a few years back, where a link up of some existing routes was being attempted by some of the resident strongmen. the link up was a cool line, but it was just that "a link up". one of these guys (who is quite infamous in australian climbing circles shall remain anonymous) claimed he had thought of the link up and therefore it was his "intellectual property". another climber beat him to the FA by about 24 hours and Mr IP still claimed the FA. it was quite an amusing spectacle for all observers.
remember - enjoy the climbing!

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