Exactly. V16 is for overachievers and young, super-strong guys who do it because "they can." Somewhere I have a vid of a guy sending a V16 project in a cave (or something) in Australia. It's almost hard to watch and it sounds like he's on the losing end of a battle with the worst constipation known to mankind! Is it an achievement? -No doubt; but I always subscribed to the philosophy that becoming too specialized on boulders, cracks, whatever, takes away the essence of why people learn to climb in the first place: To get somewhere few others have gone.
I've always felt that climbing was just one aspect of mountaineering that I needed in my bag of tricks to get me on top of the real challenges that are out there, summit-wise. The one guy I know who has climbed a V14 can't even haul his own body weight up Seven Falls in Sabino in the heat, let alone a pack up a tougher route, for example. Reading through Climbing, Rock & Ice, etc; it really seems like the mountaineering essence is being lost again, like it was in the '80s when Sport and route manipulation took off. No more pink and yellow spandex, please - I beg you!!!