Myles Wamsley & Kenzie Hoopes
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?
Myles: Tanner Hoopes invited me many times to come climb with him and one day I finally decided to go. I was addicted to climbing ever since that day and I now feel like its apart of me.
Kenzie: My brothers were rock climbing for about a year, and I was hesitant to try it. They brought Myles to try it for the first time and he was instantly hooked and got a membership the same day! A few days later he took me as a guest, and I didn’t want to get off the wall no matter how much my hands were aching!
What do you love most about climbing?
Myles: I love how much of a challenge that climbing is and how hard I have to work to achieve my goals. I have learned to never quit because I know that I can send something even if I have failed on it 100 times. Climbing is mostly failure so when I am successful I enjoy it a lot more than any other sport I have participated in. With climbing and anything in life I believe that "limits on what you can do" are just barriers set by the mind and that anything is possible as long as you set your mind to it.
Kenzie: There are so many things about rock climbing that makes it unique. The community is awesome, and I love the drive to get outdoors. It’s such a raw sport that takes a lot of physical and metal determination. There are many things you can do to improve at rock climbing to see fast results which I love.
Do you prefer Bouldering or Sport Climbing?
Myles: I prefer bouldering because I love doing pure power moves and trying as hard as I can. I am currently just getting into sport climbing so I don't really know how much I like it yet.
Kenzie: I would have to say bouldering because we haven’t branched out into sport climbing yet. We finally got belay certified and we are taking an upcoming lead class! We put it aside due to our slight fear of heights, but we feel prepared and excited to explore the new possibilities of sport climbing!
What is your favorite outdoor climbing area?
Myles: I haven't climbed too much outdoor yet so I don't really have a favorite area but I'm always open to try new areas.
Kenzie: Kraft and Black Velvet Canyon were truly amazing. We have yet to adventure outside of Red Rock, but we have many travel plans in the future!
Do you have any projects or goals for this season?
Myles: My project that I am waiting for this winter is Red Wave V10. My goals for this year is to send a V10 by the end of 2019 and a V11 before the end of bouldering season.
Kenzie: My goal for the season is to get an outdoor 4! Our main desire now is to train as much as possible.
What's your best Locals Beta for food, music, or culture in Las Vegas/Henderson?
Myles: Everyone reading this needs to try Juan's Flaming Fajitas on Water St because the food amazing and the atmosphere is a lot of fun.
Kenzie: Juan’s Flaming Fajitas has become our Saturday night ritual! Best food in town and such a fun vibe!
What do you love about the Origin community?
Myles: It's really amazing being apart of something where everyone has support for everyone. I never have come across anyone with bad vibes and that's pretty amazing considering that we live in Vegas. I truly am happy every time that I come to Origin and I think a big part of that is because of how welcoming and friendly the Origin Staff is.
Kenzie: The community at Origin is very welcoming and friendly. Right away we started meeting amazing people and had the opportunity to go climbing outside which is great with experienced people.
What advice do you have for people just starting to climb?
Myles: Just have fun, don't be too hard on yourself, listen to your body, try to stretch before every climbing session, and remember that if you believe in yourself enough that anything is possible.
Kenzie: My biggest advice is to try your absolute best and ask people around you for help if you need it! Technique has to be the most important aspect in climbing so when you ask and observe you’re able to learn so much!