To explain in short, the difference between the two is that the former is where you place your quickdraws when rock climbing but in latter these quickdraws are already set in place when you are reaching them while rock climbing at centre d’escalade montreal. In both, you need to finish the route without falling off or hanging off your rope too.
What is onsighting or redpointing?
This refers to successfully climbing a wall or rock without any prior knowledge about it. Nobody has given you a beta tour or any segments haven’t been explored by you yet. You just have to climb at the first try itself. You may also have no idea on what gear to be used. The gist is that you need to climb all the way without falling off or hanging off the rope. But, you are allowed to look at the route before climbing it. For making it successful, try spotting all the possible info of the route you can observe from the ground like the footholds, handholds, and the placements of rest points. You may also find chalk spots at the routes which are most climbed and some traces of smearing too.
What is flashing or pink pointing?
Very much like onsighting, flashing also needs you to successfully climb a route at the very first time without falling or hanging off the rope. But, when it comes to flashing a route, you are provided a beta or watch a video of someone climbing the route. Hence, flashing is better than onsighting. Sometimes, people onsight a route but are enforced to flash it as they have been given beta without their consent. Always prevent yourself to giving someone else one before you know if the person appreciates it as it can ruin their day when they are a pro. When you are belaying your partner, you have given away the chances of onsighting on a particular route. This is because when you see your partner climbing up a route that is enough to deem it onsight. When it comes to onsight, you can expect a flash which is still second best to onsighting. So when you are climbing with two people, only one of them can onsight and other will have to follow without flashing it.
What is headpointing?
It is similar to redpointing, but involves usage of trad gear rather than the quickdraws to climb up. The gist here is to not fall, as trad gear cannot be relied on much than the preplaced anchors. You can practice a route though before making an attempt.