Viren was born in Thailand, and then settled in the Southeastern US where as a youth he learned to climb and kayak whitewater. Viren holds a Masters degree in Biology/Eco-physiology and since 1999, has worked as a professional in almost every diverse aspect of the outdoor industry: raft guide, wilderness therapist, ski patroller, search and rescue worker, ambulance crew, outdoor educator, outdoor retail specialist, and biology researcher, and climbing guide. He is a insatiable learner and a master teacher. Viren got his first work as a climbing guide in 2000. He moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 2004, where he fell in love with granite cracks and alpine peaks. Viren has guided rock, ice, and alpine ascents throughout the High Sierra as well as in the North Cascades, Canada, Alaska, Red Rocks, and South America. Viren earned AMGA Rock Guide certification in 2011, has completed an AMGA alpine guide training course, and completed AIARE Level 2 avalanche training in 2010. He also teaches the “AMGA Single Pitch Instructor” courses run by SMG. When not guiding, Viren trains and certifies other outdoor professionals in wilderness medicine through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and he serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Prescott College Adventure Education Program.
Viren has infectious enthusiasm, a generous heart, and an irresistible way of sharing his stoke for climbing and being in the mountains. His favorite place in the world to climb is the Eastern Sierra, where he now lives with his wife Julie and their dog Sladey.