First gear was a hemp waistlength, cable laid rope (120 ft), a couple of tape runners, a Moac (still got that!) and Red Flash gym shoes. Graduated to a pair of EBs when I could lead S.
Damn, I was skinny in those days!
Generally prefer multi-pitch trad, never quite understood bouldering, mainly because I always climb at the same (modest) grade regardless of the situation. So 3 feet of exposure == 300 feet of exposure.
Most of my recent experience has been in N. Carolina (12 hour one-way drive) and I completely missed the bonanza in new routes when I used to live there (late 70s).
Now in Florida, for my sins.
Best Climbing Experience Anything in the Alps (the good food, cheap wine and uphill transports are a help here!), anything on cloggy, anything in the cascades, depending on the mozzies
Favourite Climbs Grooved Arete
White Slab (Cloggy)
Great/Bow combination (Cloggy)
Tower Ridge (Ben)
Beckey Route (Liberty Bell)
Mer de Glace face
Integrale of Glyder Fawr starting on the Idwal slabs and finishing on gray slab
And so on....
Latest Climbs Ankles Away 5.9 Frosted Flake 5.9 Southeast Ridge AD 4c Beckey Route 5.6 The Great Arch 5.4 Skip to My Lou 5.6 The Ordinary Route (Needle Rock) D Albion VS 4c Diamond Solitaire VS 4c Eclipse VS 4b The Devil's Slide HS 4a Integrity HS 4b Horseman's Route HS 4b Cable Way S 4a Battery Rib VD ... list all 181 climbs