Victor spent his early years gym climbing at the Rocknasium in Davis, California, sport climbing at Smith Rock, Oregon, and competing in the Phoenix Bouldering Competition. In the late-1990s, he immersed himself in bouldering on the East Side of the Sierras, establishing the iconic Atari and countless other problems–well-travelled classics and little-known obscurities–in the Volcanic Tablelands, the Druid Stones, and in the Buttermilk Country as documented in the cult classic video West Coast Pimp.
In the early-2000s, he wrote satire for Vbouldering Magazine, including On Alpinism and Isolation of the Mountain, a buildering critique of a Reinhold Messner essay on the “mountain experience.”
During college, Victor focused on “home” areas in Northern California. He spent his days at Lover’s Leap combining easy multi-pitches with new boulder problems like The Cubist. In 2008, he co-founded an Access Fund affiliate which has since worked to lift a climbing ban on an old limestone quarry. In 2009, he wrote a guidebook chapter for a small park in Rocklin, California tucked behind a tire shop.
Victor has since focused on establishing aesthetic highball boulder problem such as Ready to Die, Kill it in the Evening, and Omega Man in Little Cottonwood Canyon and developing new alpine bouldering zones along the Wasatch Range. He keeps a copy of John Gill: Master of Rock on his bedside table and continues his search for a copy of Gill’s esoteric essay The Mystical Art of Bouldering. He is a devoted student of the practice of climbing.
Number one song played on your ipod? No iPod here (I still have a cassette deck in my old pickup truck–but most played album has long been Miles Davis, Kind of Blue.
Lifetime climbing goals? To climb for the rest of my life–through at least 2082!
Do you have a spirit animal? Yes, I reckon we all do.