Death, Feelings, and Fire The climb lasts five to ten hours, for those who come out of the hole. We wear strong, thin leather on our hands and feet. We rub our skin with the bark of the felik bush. It toughens the skin for a few days, but we still bleed. Felik also has a good scent which hides the smell of blood. It is forbidden to practice the climb in the hole, but there are other places with sharp rocks to cut us. We climb and crawl through narrow spaces without water or food, and learn to climb, bleeding, and in pain.