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Wildway Crew Stories: Christopher Victor (Embrace)

December 04, 2017

Wildway Crew Stories: Christopher Victor (Embrace)

Our Wildway Crew highlights ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


Within each of us lies the potential to live life to the fullest. We have the ability to choose our own destiny, live without fear or limits, challenge ourselves and grow, do and be whatever makes us happy. We have the ability to be free. It's how you live a Wildway of life and there are people all around us inspiring others with their actions. We want to celebrate that by highlighting and honoring those who  #LiveWild. 


Meet this week's featured Wildway Crew member:

Christopher Victor

Boise, Idaho
Wildway of Life = Embrace. Embracing life's challenges, and seeking out your own.

Outlook = "That which does not kill us makes us stronger"

Meet Christopher.  Christopher faced many challenges as a child growing up in the Philippines.  And while most people run from the fear or let it get the best of them, Christopher faced it head on and was able to overcome the obstacles thrown his way.  These experiences have shaped who he is.  Now he embraces, even seeks out challenges in all aspects of his life and thrives in conquering them.  He spends his free time summiting the highest peaks in Idaho with the hopes of climbing the best of the best not just in the U.S., but in the world.  Christopher is someone who aims high and does whatever it takes to get there, enjoying every moment along the way.

Here is Christopher's Story in his own words:

"'That which does not kill us makes us stronger' resonates with me because of the hardships I have encountered and overcome over the years. I grew up in one of the the busiest, most crowded, and sadly most crime and poverty-stricken cities in the Philippines. Even from a young age, I had to figure out things for myself. In the community that I lived in, everyone had a choice: fall into the cracks like most people or do something different. I, with the guidance and perseverance of my family, chose the latter. I surrounded myself with people who were different, people who wanted to make something good for themselves and their loved ones, and people who simply just wanted to do something good.

When I moved to the States after living in my birth country for 17 years, I thought the suffering was all over. It did not take me long to realize that wasn't true. Problems and suffering exist wherever you go. It doesn't matter if you're in the slums somewhere in a developing country or a gated community in Bel Air, California. But this realization didn't stop me from moving forward. It actually made me more aware of my surroundings and I became better equipped mentally and spiritually. I figured that if I went through all of that, chances are I'll get through the next challenge.

I apply the same philosophy in most, if not all, serious or challenging undertakings. I believe that the more you endure, whether it's a tough race or hike or even a painful heartache, the better equipped you will be for the next one. Like bones, I suppose. Our bones get stronger or grow more when there's pounding.

I am a huge enthusiast of anything and everything outdoors.  Being born and raised in the Philippines, I have always gravitated towards the ocean. When I moved to the States, I lived in Southern California for quite some time. The unbeatable always-summer climate there allowed me to see and experience what Southern California has to offer. I was either upping my vitamin D intake on the beach or running a remote trail almost every weekend. Now that I live in Boise, you can catch me backpacking in the Sawtooth Wilderness, summiting a peak in the Pioneers or stand-up paddle boarding on Redfish Lake. My philosophy is simple: Adventure can be had right in your own backyard. It doesn’t have to be 14,523,302,577 miles away.

While I don't take any of my experiences or accomplishments for granted, the one that I am most proud of is having summited the 4 tallest peaks in 4 different mountain ranges in Idaho thus far. My goal is to summit the 10 tallest peaks in Idaho (where I currently live), then summit the tallest peak in each state, and then the 10 tallest peaks in the world. I know I have a long ways to go but I'm working on it! I am absolutely committed to accomplishing this feat -- so committed that I recently turned down a job offer because it requires working on the weekends.  

I truly crave the sweet blend of structure and spontaneity in these experiences. I love how you can spend countless hours planning routes, equipment to bring, outfits to wear, time to spend, etc. only to be thrown off on the day of the adventure by little surprises such as a sudden storm or even seeing a beautiful lake that makes you stop for an extra 35 minutes. That's life I guess, you can plan all you want but you just don't know what's going to hit you. I believe that when these kinds of things happen, it's good to not only be prepared for them but to also embrace them." 

Live Wild. Embrace Wild.


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