So what do you people think about barefoot climbing? I have started to really get into it. It takes a little getting used to it and you have to toughen up you feet a bit, but it is a very interesting experience. You have to pick your climbs. A slab leader fall could be nasty, but on TR it can be fun. On overhanging sport climbs I find that I can use my feet more like a monkey. Beta is often different, but many climbs are actually easier in bare feet. It is nice for me at Rumney as I have already climbed many of the routes there and barefoot makes them almost like a new climb.
I am thinking that Ward should put in a new category of ascent in the new guide book; something like "pied natural" or something. It is an extension of the idea of free climbing vs. aid