Dave & Lucy Schwartz
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?
Dave: Had a friend that worked in a rock gym called Rocks N’ Ropes in Greenville, SC about 11 years ago. My buddy Matt and I went to visit one night and got hooked.
Lucy: Dave got me into rock climbing to help combat a fear of heights that I had. We tried to do the Bridge Mountain hike near red rock and I was too afraid to finish. After a few months of rock climbing I was able to go back and finish it without a problem.
What do you love most about climbing?
Dave: Most definitely the adventure of going A to B on a route when you don’t sometimes know what you’re in for. You get to experience places in a way that others wouldn’t ever imagine.
Lucy: I love the fact that its a combination of physical and mental challenges.
Do you prefer Bouldering or Sport Climbing?
Dave: Trad! But between the two, sport climbing. I like doing all of it really.
Lucy: I much prefer sport climbing now that I'm becoming more comfortable with heights.
What is your favorite outdoor climbing area?
Dave: City of Rocks Idaho.
Lucy: I would say Lime Kiln Canyon is my favorite. I've not spent a lot of time there, but the walls are stunning and I can’t wait to go back and do more multi pitch climbs there.
Do you have any projects or goals for this season?
Dave: Spend a lot more time in the canyons on as many multi-pitches as possible. My short list includes Crimson Chrysalis, Myster Z and Birdland.
My biggest goal for this season is to gain more confidence lead climbing outside. There is a 5.10c in the Owens River Gorge in California that I have my eye on. I would love to be able to lead climb it this season.
What's your best Locals Beta for food, music, or culture in Las Vegas/Henderson?
Dave: Nielsen’s Custard on Eastern.
Lucy: Nielsen's Frozen Custard on Eastern near 215. The building is themed like an old vintage ice cream parlor and their custard is the best I've ever had.
What do you love about the Origin community?
Dave: It’s great to be able to go climb with friends any day of the week at a great facility where you can train just about anything you want. All the tools for success are under one roof and there are plenty of members and staff with lots of experience in many different areas of climbing.
Lucy: I love the encouraging atmosphere that it brings. Since day 1 when I was a new climber, it’s always been very welcoming. It doesn't matter if you're working on a V1 or a V8 the whole community will cheer you on to help you reach your goals.
What advice do you have for people just starting to climb?
Dave: Find friends that share the same goals and motivations you have and send! Unless you like to boulder or gym climb this is very much a team sport and you will find it much easier to achieve goals with a like minded partner(s).
Lucy: Don't be afraid to ask questions and advice. Everyone I've ever met at Origin or outside at the crag has been excited to give guidance to new climbers. It’s a really warm community of athletes.