With the utmost respect and understanding for your point of view, I'd like to make 2 points.The only saddle hunting "competition" that interests me is my wits versus the deer's. If I win, I have venison in the freezer. If they win, I eat tag soup.
That "competition" already has enough "rules". The rules of physics and safety, which if you run afoul of, have serious consequences, and game laws, which also can have serious consequences in the breaking of.
Why does everything has to become a competition?
Count me out. Not even interested in watching the vids, should this come to pass.
That first, we already have a "Competition" a deer hunting one, which doesn't seem to bother people, but that critics could claim induces a greater chance of people being desperate and taking bad shots at deer just to be on the scoreboard! Yet I dont believe that happens because the vast majority of us have ethical standards in our hunting that trump a desire to "win". Same with this competition, I dont think anyone will take unnecessary risks in climbing just to win when they can try again, and again.
2. I believe we will get better climbers because some will practice more than they would've otherwise, and better videos for the next wave of young saddlehunters to learn from.
Also itll be a way of almost documenting the changes and upgrades to various systems and might even spark brand new ones.
However, thanks for sharing your thoughts Sir!