There has clearly been a lot of activity over the weekend, with much chalk virtually everywhere. Some what of a renaissance you might say, so hopefully someone knows what this is about or has seen something. I was down there very early on Saturday and there were people camped in the quarry. Unfortunately, I didn't get down there again until now as I have been busy with other stuff.
> They must live in their own little world and not care what the local ethics are.
That is almost certainly the case but perhaps we need to be a little more understanding. I used to live in Cowling as a kid beneath the excellent Earl Crag. As a child it never occurred to me that you might climb the rocks up there. It was just somewhere you went for a walk and played. Come university I started climbing and discovered there was a guidebook, ethics and a whole history of climbing up there. Up until then, me and my mates used to just scramble around the boulders. Had we decided to play mining, it would not have occurred to us the impact caused by knocking chunks of rock off for fun.
Perhaps the way forward here would be to erect a sign or notice explaining why bolting is frowned on? After all, if people don't buy or buy and don't read the ethics section in the guidebook, how else are they to learn?
I doubt they are for climbing, in the wrong place (a descent), the hangers are ancient, and they appear to aligned with a purpose. My guess would be either to rig a hand-line for the descent or to set up a slack-line/death-slide.
In reply to A Crook: There are lower offs in the coal measures area and at the top of Tangerine Trip. I agree that the top outs on some routes are certainly interesting, especially when you don't know about them beforehand! I found Storm the scariest at the time, but quite liked the adventure in retrospect.