A few years back I fixed up the route you mentioned plus the one to the left, replaced a few bolts, anchors, holds and installed a few ropes for winter dry tooling sessions. After using it during the winter and it seeing regular use by many I returned in the spring to clean everything away for the summer climbing season. My goal was to have it as a winter dry tooling crag, open to all and I only used existing rock damage (drilled holes) done by a previous generation of climber.
Upon my return in the spring I found that every hanger, anchor, hold and rope had been removed. I contacted the individual responsible and requested my gear back, which has been returned.
So to answer your question, thievery was not the reason. It was done for ethical reasons.
If I replace them and build the crag again it will be removed again.
I think if you developed a dry tooling crag somewhere else there would be little objection? I might be wrong, any other locals have an opinion on dry tool crag development?
I started the process last winter and lost interest because the ice came in! So if you want to pick up the torch and carry on developing I would show you what I started?
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