The first pipe-cleaner man was shinnying up the power cable.
If hed attacked us while we were shinnying up, it would have been all over for us.
"shinnying" up to the slippery mow with real agility, he there paused and regarded Katharine with an expression of great pride.
"to climb a rope, pole, etc.," 1888, from use of shins and ankles to do so; see shin (n.). Earlier simply shin (1829). Related: Shinnied; shinnying.
also shinney, primitive form of hockey, 1670s, perhaps from Gaelic sinteag "a bound, a leap." OED suggests origin from shin ye "the cry used in the game."
To climb a rope, pole, wall, etc
[1888+; fr the use of shins and ankles in climbing a rope or pole]