“Top-roping is to climbing as hiring a prostitute is to sex. Sure you end up the same place, but you feel so dirty afterward...”
That’s the opinion of Steve Bechtel of Climb Strong. OK, I admit it; I like to top rope. But I see his point if your goal is to push your limit. More from his post called “Fear, Fatigue and the Inability to Learn:”
“Climbing is about coordination, control, rational thought, athleticism, mobility, and problem solving. It is a magical soup with a thousand ingredients and no fixed recipe. But no matter what you put into it, the learning curve starts steep and gets steeper every step of the way.
When you boil it down, climbing is about motor learning.”