August Member Spotlight

August Member Spotlight

George Okinaka

The Las Vegas climbing community is one of the most unique and diverse groups of people anywhere in the world. At Origin, our members are our family. Every month we'll feature one of our most outstanding community leaders to help inspire new visitors to jump in and become part of the crew.  


How did you discover rock climbing?

So I actually tried climbing a couple of decades ago at the climbing gym Rocks & Ropes (currently known as the Nevada Climbing Center), but I didn’t know what I was doing and didn’t really get any real instruction beyond how to belay someone with an ATC. Then, about 3 years ago, I saw a groupon for Origin Climbing & Fitness which included 4 classes, so I figured that I’d give it another try.

What do you love most about climbing?
Two things actually. One is the climbing community that we have here that is usually very friendly and helpful. The second is the fact that you can start climbing, and then you can achieve certain milestones quickly. Like climbing your first 5.7, then a 5.8, then a 5.9 and so on!

Do you prefer Bouldering or Sport Climbing?

I prefer sport climbing outdoors. Bouldering is fun during Origin’s Bouldering League, but outdoors, those crash pads aren’t as soft as they are in the gym. Haha!

What is your favorite outdoor climbing area?
Hands down is Red Rock Canyon. So many routes of all varieties there to choose from!

Do you have any projects or goals for this season?
I’ve been slacking on climbing outdoors lately, so I just want to get out there more!

What's your best Locals Beta for food, music, or culture in Las Vegas/Henderson?
Food. So many choices. But my absolute favorite restaurant is Carson Kitchen. As far as music goes, I love the shows at the Mandalay Bay Beach during the summer. And the Life is Beautiful and EDC festivals are so much fun to go to! he Neon Boneyard and the Mob Museum are definitely go to’s in my book for a little culture!

What do you love about the Origin community?
I love the way that Origin gets climbers involved with the Bouldering League, the fun events in the summer, the comps throughout the year, etc.


What advice do you have for people just starting to climb?
There are two things that I tell every friend who is just starting to climb: Straight arms and feet first.




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