OK. What? You just said that trad climbing isn't climbing because ropes are for cowards. Then you basically said free soloing isn't climbing because it's not trad climbing.
So the only true form of climbing is free soloing while placing gear and building anchors but not using either for protection? You're just sticking them in the rock for the hell of it, and if you fall, you die?
Yes. Free solo trad requires all the boldness and technical prowess of true climbing.
That's why I don't discriminate when it comes to climbing. "Real Climbing" is in the eye of the beholder.