Edgewater, MD, US
"We toenailed everything with 16d casing nails set through the drywall."
I suppose climbing could be an issue, but like many things around a house, you pick and choose based on the inhabitants. Cable systems are popular around here (Mid Atlantic region) due to improved sight lines and nautical flair.
I've installed 2 different systems and they both turned out stunning. The Atlantis cable rail system is a little more fussy as you have to swage ends, but there is very little SS cable waste since you cut the cable after each run--you purchase the cable in a spool, and play it out as you need it.
The Feeney system comes with pre-swaged ends, and the cables are shipped (based on your design) in increments of 5',10"15"20" and so on, you pull the bare cable end through the quick connects (as pointed out in article) and cut the cable. There is some waste with this approach, but it is easier to install.
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