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Jan 10, 2013, 10:13 PM

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Re: [climbernewbie] Is Top Rope a part of Sport Climbing?
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No, top roping is not a part of any other kind of climbing other than free climbing in general.

Though a big part of the argument for sport climbing - as opposed to trad climbing with gear - is usually that it allows you to dispense with dicking around with all the gear and just focus on 'movement'. But given most, but certainly not all, sport climbs are single pitch climbs - and if 'movement' is really your focus - then why dick around with the clipping? Just TR it and dispense with the clipping nonsense as well. But, there's obviously great mystery around sport climbing and the distinction between the two involves a lot of really deep semantics. (But kidding aside, there are a lot of places that don't have cliff top access for setting up TRs).

In general, there's aid climbing and free climbing. Within free climbing there's trad climbing and sport climbing. The major distinction actually isn't that one uses gear and the other uses bolts, however. The broader, and essential, difference it tactics: in sport climbing you hang on the rope resting after you fall off and then get back on the rock (derogatorily known as 'hangdogging'), in trad climbing if you fall off you lower to the ground or to the anchor on multipitch and go again with purest pulling their rope and releading and less-than-purists just going again without pulling the rope.

These days a lot of folks crossing from sport to trad bring those sport tactics of hanging over to trad climbing essentially sport climbing on gear - kind of pointless (and somewhat dangerous) and better referred to a 'sprad' climbing.

You could also add ice climbing, drytooling, free soloing, bouldering (essentially low free soloing), roped soloing, aid soloing, TR soloing, deep water soloing, big wall climbing, and alpine climbing.

(This post was edited by healyje on Jan 10, 2013, 10:46 PM)

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