How We Met...

Mike Lorenzo, Steve Mallory and Travis Graves met through their love of climbing at Red Rock Climbing Center (formerly, Powerhouse Gym). Travis, who was the store manager for Desert Rock Sports, approached Mike and Steve with the idea of forming a partnership to buy the store from Mike and Tim Ward who wanted to retire. In February 2005 the partnership was born. All three are active climbers and are members of Las Vegas Climbers' Liaison Council, an organization that is dedicated to ensuring climbing access, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and cultivating a sense of community in a world-class climbing destination.


Travis Graves continues to be the store buyer and manager. He is the person you will most likely see or talk to on the phone. He is a wealth of information about outdoor gear and the local climbing routes. The store is small, but Travis makes sure the store is well stocked in gear, shoes and clothing for camping, backpacking and canyoneering, as well as for climbing.

Mike Lorenzo, who came to Las Vegas from New York about ten years ago, enjoys hiking, skiing, snowboarding and climbing. Mike is also a student of Yoga. Mike says that Yoga has given him the flexibility and strength he needs for climbing.

On the weekends you will likely see Dray Bullard behind the counter. Dray moved to Las Vegas about a year ago from Boulder, Colorado. He is an avid climber and has been climbing in Red Rock for many years.


Travis, Mike and Steve climbing

Co-owners of Desert Rock Sports, Travis, Mike and Steve out on the rock.


Steve Mallory has a background in finance and helps with the bookkeeping. He has been climbing since 1979 and has lived in Las Vegas for 22 years. Steve recently developed a passion for canyoneering and has added Imlay Canyon Gear, static rope and the La Sportiva Exum River Shoe, to the store's inventory. Canyoneering in Zion is a great way to beat the heat in Las Vegas during the summer months!


How to find us... The store is located in the same shopping center as the Red Rock Climbing Center, on the southwest corner of Charleston and Cimarron (see Map) just 15 minutes from Red Rock Canyon.