As you might have seen, I removed the info for now on how natural routes are in the section route info.
I originally added this info, since I think the climbing scene should know that a lot of today’s high end routes are not completely natural. It’s important to distinguish between:
- reinforcing holds/structures with sika so that it’s barely visible/invisible.
- reinforcing holds/structures with sika so that it’s clearly visible and you actually climb on sika.
- ‘creating’ holds, e.g. by drilling holds, making new ones with sika, or even adding plastic holds…
I think the state of the art today varies per area/country and it’s hard to say what is right or wrong, and where to draw that line. This alltogether is a different discussion I’d love to see in the climbing scene one day.
The reason why I removed the info on how natural routes are, is that it can be easily misunderstood and discredit the route’s first ascentionist, which I think is not correct. I guess if I want to list that info, it would need more specification and detail.
It’s a tricky case isn’t it?