Wow - a red thong hey, I have mixed feelings now on having missed this rally!
I came down from Josi and stood in the rain with the crowd on the 5th Nov and was pretty mif about not getting to play too (though you Capetonians rock and I got an awesome weekend's climbing in anyway - thanks). I feel really bad for Tony and the organisers who put in tons of work, and people sit on their butts and slag it. It was a first time effort, from which I'm certain many lessons were learnt and I will be there next year!
Also, I am one of those climbers with a low handicap who does benefit from the point system (Im sorry - I didnt invent it but Im sure the organisers of these things did put some thought into it) - and believe me, Im nutz about this sport and have pushed as hard as I can in the year I have been doing it. I went to Boven Roc Rally and we did score well (for our level) because of the system, but also because we threw ourselves at it with huge gusto and enthusiasm, and some strategy. To me however, the biggest bonus on these rallies is to get to hang out and mingle with diverse groups of climbers and watch the hotshots sending around you. And generally have a bit of a lag (red thongs n all) and go home buggered. I don't for a moment think Im a better climber than many of the people who scored less than us - I'd have to be stupid, blind and lying at the bottom of a crag somewhere from over-confidence to do that.
But, the system does allow me to take part on a basis that makes it worth competing, and getting all excited about it. Whats stopping someone from organising a purely difficulty based comp?