I'm sure this is silly and won't be terribly difficult to answer: can one climb atop a mountain or is it proper to say climb on top of. Or does it matter? I'm thinking the latter is correct.
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I don't think you would do either of these to a mountain, you would simply climb a mountain. Otherwise, they're interchangeable but atop is less used. Humpty Dumpty might sit atop a wall, but most other people would sit on top of one.