if the legend is true, if its reality and not myth, if there really is an invisible chalk-less climber out there, sending all the projects, leaving no trail whatsoever, then we must surely delete our claims to first ascents.
these days, when people are obsessed with 'developing' areas instead of just visiting them, the invisible chalk-less climber stands alone - at least, that's how the legend goes.
you see, in a way, the invisible chalkless climber is like Schrodinger's cat. a metaphor capturing various ideas about the influence of human measurement, and in this case climbing, on systems.
anyway, many times i've stood on top of a freshly deflowered boulder, getting this strange feeling that mine wasn't the first ascent. maybe the invisible chalk-less climber sent it before me, maybe he's already 'developed' the area, and sent his non-existent topo's to his other invisible chalk-less friends...
so that next time when i feel like i own a place, i'll just remeber that the invisible chalk-less climber has already been there and has already figured out all the beta, and moved on to greater things.
well, at least then a second ascent will be treated with some more awe and respect.