Fact is whether fixed rapp anchors are in place or not the groups the wanna top rope will continue to do so.
That's nonsense. A fixed anchor will generate far more top-roping than if there is none there. In any case, this particular argument is now moot, because the original fixed anchor has now been replaced with a new one, in the same place.
I as a new climber who doesn't have the wisdom of the old school ethics value safety over all else. All other points are secondary.
Here's some of that wisdom: you don't get safety from fixed rappel anchors. If anything, they decrease safety by promoting rappelling, which has been a major cause of accidents recently. And this particular anchor doesn't even satisfy what passes for modern "wisdom," since it sends rappelling parties down the ascent route. But the arguments have been made and the anchor is back in business, so that's that.
...the old douchers who wanna top out [can] do so. As an added bonus they can rain rocks on the self righteous lazy top ropers who are just dying to drag their feet up the start and polish the start a little more.
Well, the old douchers are going to have to work a lot harder at raining rocks (not that they ever did). Here's what the top of Easy O looked like around 5 o'clock on Thursday:
and here's what it looked like an hour or so later:
Not visible is the fact that the ledge below the top has also been cleaned up. We're guessing this will last the season, but maybe a little work like this twice a year would be even better.
As the thread above reveals, this was RangerRob's idea, who, although not an old doucher, seems to have enough wisdom to realize that the best way to fix a problem is to...fix the problem. The good ranger and I needed perhaps a bit over an hour to do this work plus the cleanup of the ledge below that can't be seen in the photos. It ain't that hard, folks.
Note: no lazy self-righteous top-ropers were harmed during this cleanup, because we didn't knock anything off.