I have to wear gloves anyway, that way I don't get cuts on my hands. Having open wounds on my hands at my work is dangerous; having the puncture wounds is why I still am not able to go back to work yet.
I only have a harness and climbing shoes, but I've got some friends that I go out with that have the rest of the gear (i.e. rope, carabiners, crash pad, etc). Lead climbing is an unique experience, having to hook yourself in every ten feet. So is rappelling, and not to sound cliche, but it's always that first step that's the hardest. So much fun though.