Traditional rock climbing is one form of free climbing. Traditional rock climbing requires the climber to place gear into the rock to protect herself in case of a fall. Traditional climbing is how the sport has been practiced for decades, and it is still the preferred form practiced by many climbers. Confusingly, some traditional climbs may have an occasional fixed piton or bolt, and they often have fixed anchors for belays or rappels. However, traditional climbers are always prepared to arrange most of their own protection.