At this point the “controversy” surrounding Chris Sharma’s First Round First Minute project has been well documented and more or less run its course. However, since I was unable to post about this at the time I wanted to be sure and share the take of Josh Lowell from Big Up Productions as his opinion seems especially pertinent:
This internet controversy about First Round First Minute has gotten out of hand. I respect everyone’s right to debate the pluses and minuses of a nebulous concept like red-tagging. But I hope people will remember that this is not a big conflict between Chris and Nalle, only between observers who don’t know either person, have incomplete information, and are generally not involved with equipping routes or making first ascents.
Read his full post here.