So it Turns Out Bears Are Surprisingly Good Rock Climbers

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Trees? Sure. Trees are nature's ladders, to a bear. A craggy rock face, on the other hand, seems a taller – and more dangerous – order. But these two black bears handle a cliffside ascent with ease.

Via Stephanie Latimer, the nature enthusiast who captured the pair on video:

Endangered Mexican Black Bears (momma and cub) climb Santa Elena Canyon wall, March 21, 2014. I spotted them while I was kayaking and want to share with you my nature loving, rock climbing, suspenseful satisfaction.

AND ALL WITHOUT A ROPE! Climbers call that free soloing. Alex Honnold, eat your heart out.

H/t Luke!