LarE, funny you mention Project X. On the day of the first ascent, the crew arrived early in the morning only to find all their gear had been stripped from the route over night. The gear was found neatly piled at the base of the route. After some expected angry theorizing as to the identity of the perp(s), the guys went to work and eventually finished the route. Purposely leaving gear in place was never a common practice but it happened occasionally. Traditionally, gear left for any reason was considered booty and many regulars have prided themselves on being able to extricate most pieces left in place for whatever the reason, regardless of where it was left or by whom. RC