Loc: Ulster County, NY
Camhead how do you that no recent ascents have placed their own gear? Do you have trailcam on the route watching people? Just because someone hasn't posted here about it doesn't mean it hasn't been done.
I've been on the route many times before you tried it. I haven't tried it free yet, but you can be assured that when I do I will try to place my own gear. Will I clip the pins? Yes.