I wanted to get some thoughts and feedback on skipping the CCNP. here's why....my CCNA certification has expired and so has my previous CCNP exams. From a cost standpoint it would cost me at least $300 x 3 = $900 (CCNP) + 250 (ccna prereq)= $1150 to get the CCNP. I was thinking I could just use that money for my CCIE library and equipment to get me past at least the CCIE written. so from a time and money standpoint it would appear that I should just begin studying for the CCIE Written. back in the day when the exams were $125 a pop I wouldn't have given it a second thought, but at the current price I think twice.
Oh BTW background info 6yrs exp and I have a small lab rack at home. I set the lab up for the CCNP, but evaluating the cost and effort it would 'appear' going directly to the CCIE written is the more energy/cost efficient route.
any thoughts ?