Don't see a problem with having a separate page category for technical routes.
What I see is an emotional war between climbers and non-climbers. What's needed is an emotional rescue in the disguise of change.
Change the voting system - it SUCKS! Too much exposure is being given to popular images, while too little is being given to route pages.
One conflict I had was with a young man who was entirely absent from the Site, and failed to update his low-scoring pages.
This was embarrassing and had a negative impact on the content of this Site.
I would THINK if a person becomes inactive for more than 6 months, the page should be adopted by somebody else. What's the problem with that ???
Of course, you're ALWAYS going to have members with a wide range of egos and interests, so a positive change (sooner than later) SHOULD be in the Works.
Like it or not, there's always going to be dissatisfied people bitching and complaining, but for them "All The World's A Stage," and they are merely Players ..
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms ..."