Greg Crouch – who has climbed Cerro Torre several times – says this about the recent removal of more than 100 bolts from a route on Cerro Torre in Patagonia:
“Crouch admits that the style and ethics employed in the first ascent of the Compressor
Route were deplorable. But he said, “I fear we've just added another chapter to the 'infinite folly of man' story that was writ there by Maestri." He adds, "In my mind, a great piece of history has been taken from us, and we are the poorer for its loss."
I personally think they should have left them there. Any “damage” had already been done.