I've never been to a rock climbing gym or scaled an artificial rock wall. Although I once put on a harness and climbed some low rock structures 15 years ago, I've always been more into scrambling. I figured it had to do with an abstract fear of heights, but then I realized I've always love climbing trees.
Since it'd be sad to let BBG's official "climbing" day go by without acknowledging the sport many of us grew up doing, here's an assortment of stuff to take your tree-climbing to the next level &mdash unless you'd prefer to go barefoot and gearless.
Grapnell: $27; cause if it's good enough for Bat-Man...
Spur Climbing Kit: $439+, includes a saddle, spurs, spur pads, flipline, carabiner, bag (pictured above: ultra-light kit)
Rope Retrieval Device: $49, cause a line just out of reach is a total bummer.
Treefrog: $52 (rated to 1200 lbs.)
For links to more retailers, books, instructors, etc. check out the Tree Climber's Coalition.
photo by aphasiafilms