Here we highlight the idea of falling and/or fall potential, which is a key difference between top rope climbing and lead climbing.
Top Rope Climbing - The climber's fall is usually short, if at all.
Lead Climbing - There is potential for a greater fall, depending on how high above the climber is from their last clipped gear / piece of protection on the wall such as a “quickdraw”.
This potential for greater falls increases the level of danger. However, when done properly, it also increases the fun!
Details are depicted in this video, as well as in this entire video series. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!
Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.