I did my first indoor rock climb using my own gear today! It felt really good getting back into rock climbing at Planet Granite.
Climbing with your shoes and a harness that I chose feels quite different than using rented gear. I look forward to breaking in both, and feeling more comfortable wearing them. Right now it's still a bit foreign and weird to me.
The actual climbing was awesome. The stuff I learned from last May and June mostly stuck with me -- straight arms, use my feet, angle myself to the wall, rest along the way. Mostly I just don't have much stamina or strength in specific muscle groups like my fingers. But the actual skills feel like they haven't left me too much, which is frankly a relief. I would hate to have to go way back down in difficulty to very beginner routes.
Can't wait to go back!