Second time ascending these cables and still underestimated how steep the cables are. I wore Nike trail running shoes , which weren’t to bad considering they were just as slippery as my fiancé’s hiking boots. We figure there will be some slipping due to all the traffic this majestic beast has scared over the years. You do not need gloves, but would recommend especially on the way down so you don’t burn your palms on the way down. Still breathtaking as the first time!