I guess I am breaking rule #1 again. So much of this advice is so fucking dangerous. It's not wrong. In fact, most of it is spot on. It's just so ridiculous that an internet thread is how homeboy wants to learn to climb R or X routes. It's absurd. Should you learn to downclimb? Well, should a runner know how to tie his shoes? Etc etc. This really goes back to the trite answers on how to bolt threads. Different question same answers. If you have to ask, you aren't ready.