Walk up to that thing 18 years ago when bouldering was not very developed, no pads, no snow landing, and flash it with no beta and no spotters like John did, that is what all of the fuss is about. Everything has gotten easier, and certain things that were scary simply are not any more with pad and spotting technology (even Superfly used to be scary I think, because you would fall weird and hit the ground). It is all about context, and yeah, that's what all the fuss is about!
ps. must be nice up there right now.