I walked up and down a small mountain today. I will definitely feel it in my legs tomorrow.
Like lots of paleo folks, I’m into minimalist shoes. For these little excursions I wear either my Vibram Five Finger KSO Treks or my Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves. I’ll probably do some sort of review of these in the future, but the Vibrams generally get the nod for climbing. The Merrells are OK for that, but the level of surefootedness I have in the fives is really outstanding. I passed lots of healthy-looking people in climbing boots (though, to be fair, some of them were backpacking their babies—a highly primal activity). The Merrells also tend to crap out if water gets into them (too much sliding around inside the ample toe box), and this climb involved some mud and wet stream beds.
The Vibrams win for this if you don’t mind people remarking on your weird monkey shoes.
Update: Legs not so bad the next day. This kind of thing is getting easier.