Trad is the silly name imposed on rock climbing by the advent of "sport climbing." The need was felt to differentiate climbs with preplaced bolts, where no gear would be placed by the leader, from the rest of climbing, hence the term sport climbing.
Once that term got established I guess it was felt that what had previously just been referred to as climbing needed an adjective added to differentiate it from sport climbing. To me it's all just climbing.
Oops, just came in from four pitches of sport climbing....no, I mean, climbing.
I'm guessing sport climbers will have big problems with arthritis in thirty years. Trad climbers, on the other hand, will be broke from paying for all the artificial arms. Then all of the argument will be about how long an arm you can ethically have put on.
there is absolutly nothing trad about a modern trad rack $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
It's called buying your way up a climb.. Whatever. just think it's pretty damn lame when gear climbers get all high and mighty about how cool they are for sewing up crack climbs;) It's all just climbing to me:)