Taking your sliding gear w/you is a great first step.
The booting up takes a while. The conga line doesn't move all that fast, but it is still real work. As such you'll want some water or fluid/electrolyte replacement for the boot pack. An energy snack would be good too.
Any backpack specially intended for carrying your gear or sling-type gear carrier will make it a lot easier going up.
Lots of folks go up to some of the usual partway points and slide from there instead of going all the way up. At such places you will find stamped out ledges and getting your gear on will be as easy as it gets on the way up.
At those places you wil also be waiting for the nervous to drop in...the delay can make folks chilly and affect their form. That chill will disappear right quick after a couple of turns
My advice, on day trips, hike in with all the gear and leave most of it in the lower bowl were others do, near rocks, etc. Climb and slide light*...it's less work and more fun.
Start you boot pack climb cold and cover up when you stop, that way you won't be soaked with sweat by climbing up with too many clothes on.