My friend Eric Karlsson climbing a beautiful fridgesque problem from last weekends Houdini Boulder BloKCout called Färskpressat, 6B+.
I’m gunna throw my opinion out there, but this is not cool. If you need 18inch tick marks to see obvious holds maybe you should stick to the gym.
I’m not saying all tick marks are bad, but that is clearly excessive, and I would be embarrassed to post this if it was my friends and a photo I took.
The picture in question was from an event organized by a gym to get people out there, giving people a chance to experience outdoor climbing.
The hold may be obvious from my vantage point as the photographer (who does not feel the slightest bit embarrassed by the way) but for the climber, a tick mark is surely helpful to the climbers who were struggling with the problem as the face is slightly overhanging and the edge pretty much only has that one sweet spot. While unnecessarily big, not unnecessary.
So while I agree with your point about the tickmark being a tad over sized, I think you need to step off your horse a bit. It’s a line drawn with chalk dude. On a rock. Most likely made by some a bit inexperienced climber who’s just starting to discover the wondrous outdoor world. Even more likely, it was brushed off afterwards. To say to that person the he/she should just stick to the gym is just a shitty thing to say.