As Teaboy says the impressive thing had been done and it is a different proposition now.
Yes he will have improved his style if he goes back, pretty fundamentally as he will actually have done the route.
He wonít have ground upped Ďthe youngí because he has already climbed the top via an alternate route. He has already practiced those moves so he canít do the route ground up.
Indulge me- I'm genuinely confused here. Does it matter if he climbed part of the route previously? If the upper section was previously achieved ground up, it's still ground up now, surely? It's just ground up in a different order on different days.
That's a similar distinction to onsight vs flash, but it still retains the ethic of from the ground only. Or do you feel that ground up must be in the natural sequence from the ground on that day?
I agree he will have climbed that bit of rock ground up for sure, but as I said he has already done this. Will he have done the young ground up? No, he will have done the top from a VS, not the ground. What if he abed down to that rest on the VS and went from there? Would basically be the same.
Yes itís semantics but if we bother having a language about climbing we might as well be talking about actual routes and not just bits of rock. Otherwise Iíll just go and walk from underneath the route around the back to the top and claim it ground up.