Hmm. Seems to me there's two issues going on here: a) When is it appropriate to leave your gear fixed on a gunks route? Answer: almost never, accident/injury barred. b) When is it appropriate to take gear that has been left fixed on a gunks route? Answer: Open to debate, but as for me: do unto others...

There was a ton of fixed gear on Spinal Traction last time I hiked (the long way) down that way. I wonder how that particular project is going? Me, I can't IMAGINE trying to free that route! Good times...