Thanks for the kind words! Yeah we were talking about it last night, and she's willing to get more into it too. I think she likes that we're both at the same level (I think I still intimidate her w/snowboarding). I was looking at gear last night, both new and used. It seems very reasonable, and then your only consumables for the first bit is fuel and food.
My only question is, how do we enjoy outdoor climbing without taking a lead course first? The rock we climbed on had a nice scramble path for the instructor to setup the top ropes, but I'm not sure if it's against some sort of climbers etiquette for a newb to go setup the ropes themselves?