As a novice, I tend to dab my hands a lot, and I really wished I had gloves up there. A lot of rock is volcanic can be super-sharp! The alternative would be trekking poles, but even then gloves might be useful for the loose steep sections.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."