when a child go to school, he can be test in two way: 1- examination is a formal test of a person's knowledge...you climb a route and you know all the move. So, you can show off every body that you have the knowledge. If an hold broke as you climb...not your fault. You do your homework: you did every move separately to complete realisation
2- research: systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions... you climb a route and know nothing about it. You study the pattern of fracture of the rock and examine the holds and how you can climb it. You make assumption to where you are going to rest and protect the climb. You establish sequences of movement and try to do it. I conclude that I can climb similar route every where in the words, or that I have to practice a little bit more some technique
Personally, I prefer research than following the bla bla bla of a good teacher. I prefer to test my capacity while climbing. Unfortunately, I need some times to listen to holder climber that resolve the problem before me. I don't have to reinvent the wheel. But I learn it as technique that I can use every where , not as some thing that I have to do to climb a particular route.
do you prefer to do practice for an exam or to do a research?
(on the road, by kirouac, research of ourselves on road trip)