Most of you began or will begin in a gym, go outside with a friend or a partner who already know the route and follow the leader to the top in an enjoyable day.
For example, intimidation at cathedral is a nice climb. In the first pitch of the route, some leader leave a branch and use it as a stick to place the good pro before the exposed move . So, the leader climb the route without uncertainty. He know every move and he have protection as solid as bolt.
The only time I on sight the move, I didn't know about the branch, I didn't know about the move, I just know that the route is going in that direction. Is it a big difference if I sit down at the bottom, look at the feature of the rock (crack, overhang, diedral, etc) to decide where I am going or if I use a guide book??? For me, no! but for some pure climber...it is important. When I had to protect the hard move, I didn't have a stick. I had to thread two chuck together and try to fix it as high as I can. It was not perfect and I was not sure to make the move. The only think I had to be safe was my partner!!!
As a beginner, what do you think a leader, who bring a second in an on sight, is looking for if he want a "safe partner" , a good second? What is the differences between a top rope and following an on sight leader?
N.B. a leader with a previous knowledge of the route is not an on sight climber. Any hesitation of the leader to find the route and expose situation will increase the stress of the second in onsight...and prepare him to be a good trad leader after. A leader who climbed the route before will just pull you to the top as in a top rope, knowing the move and knowing where to protect with, some time, the exact number of the cam.