This video shows someone climbing a ladder not resting against a wall: https://youtu.be/bWOSbEtDAas . I was wondering if it's harder to balance the ladder when you're standing near the bottom, or standing near the top.
Intuition for why it might be easier near the bottom: the ladder tipping has less effect on your body's center of mass.
Intuition for why it might be easier near the top: climbing the ladder increases the moment of inertia of the you+ladder system. Analogy: it's easier to balance a vertical rake on the palm of your hand than it is to balance a vertical pencil.