Behold the wonder that is the humble climbing shoe.
These bad boys give even mortals the ability to stick to rock. Let me just say the first time I wore a pair of these bad boys, I myself thought that I must have got hit by some radioactive waste. As I was all about channelling my inner Spiderman.
My first outing was boulder in the Wicklow mountains. A place called Glendalough. I had just met this guy I liked and he thought bringing me climbing would be a good way to show off.
Well hey it worked. I was hooked! I was taken to some slab and told to climb. A Slab is a bit of rock that is slanted in. I looked at the guy as if he had two head and watch as he demonstrated. He kept all his weight in his feet and worked them up in a process called smearing. Next I was up… I applied the same technique. All be it not as gracefully and was shocked and amazed to find my rubber soles on the climbing shoes I was wearing stuck to the rock and gave me some sort of magic Spiderman skills.