No, Darwin, I never did the climb in the old days, back when I "should
have." I have always been intimidated by big climbs, because I seem to
be a slow climber. Over the years I've talked to many climbers who, on some
level, I didn't consider to be all to impressive, but who have done big
impressive climbs that I wouldn't even consider.
Really, over the decades, I've done very few of the must-do all-day climbs
that EVERYONE does. So, I don't have much practice at the grind-it-out
kind of thing.
As I said in an earlier post, though, having a good night's sleep before
the climb would make a big difference. I made some costly mistakes on the
climb, too, which made me feel pretty inexperienced.