My buddy was right, after riding mountain bikes exclusively for years, getting on a road bike was like trading a jeep for a ferrari.
Resort powder, Steamboat trees, Vail back bowls, or even steep fast groomers are all great. Also drawn to Backcountry untracked solitude with a good safe group. I raced gates a long time ago.
I've led pitches up the Grand Teton, at Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, Smith Rock, Tieton, Squamish, Index, and a lot of other places.
Sure. Usually this is done as an approach to something else, but can be done for it's own sake.