I'm saddened that John feels the need to attack me personally. He does raise an interesting question, suggesting that the cleanup would be very short-lived: "I'm sure by now your after photo no way looks the same to the present."
So I went up and had a look. It has been 11 weeks since Rob and I went up there. There have been a few rather severe rainfalls, including one last Monday, I think, when two and half inches of rain fell in 45 minutes---a perfect erosion enhancer. As it happened, there was a party topping out too, so it does seem that people are going to the top.
In order to have everything in one place, here is the original before and after with the present 11 weeks after.
Eleven weeks after:
I'll let everyone draw their own conclusions about this. In addition to the lighting, please note that the framing is a little different---be sure to compare comparable parts. Whatever your personal conclusions, I think it is worth noting a few facts. Rob and I did not vacuum up the small stuff. We removed large loose rocks, many of which would kill someone if they were kicked over the edge. It is fairly clear in the original shot how many of the larger rocks there were, and here is what our pile looked like after the cleaning:
After eleven weeks with some very heavy rains, not even a single rock of the larger size has appeared. I'd say the place has been orders of magnitude safer over the summer, and it seems fairly certain to me that it will last through the Fall. Will it last through the Winter into next Spring? I suspect it will, but only time will tell.
Was it worth doing?