Martin Volken

Hometown: North Bend, WA
Current Transportation: 2006 Saab 92X
Core Activities: Ski-mountaineering, alpine climbing, rock climbing,
Non-Core Activities: Keeping my women in check, running a guiding business, writing - not necessarily in that order
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, K2, Scarpa
Favorite Places: North Cascades National Park, British Columbia Coast Range, Swiss Alps
My Jam Is: What my girls tell me is cool
I Eat Lots Of: Bread and cheese and peanut butter (Adams crunchy to be precise)
Fun Fact: In 2012 I was crowned backcountry barista world champion by the International Backcountry Barista Association.

Martin Volken is the founder and owner of Pro Guiding Service ( and Pro Ski and Mountain Service in North Bend, WA. He is a certified IFMGA Swiss Mountain Guide and guides over 120 days per year in North America and Europe as a ski, rock and alpine guide. He has pioneered several steep ski descents, ski traverses, alpine and rock routes in the Washington Cascades. He has been a member of the AMGA examiner team since 2000 and has authored and co-authored 3 books on ski touring and ski mountaineering.

Martin lives with his wife Gina and his two daughters in North Bend, Wash.

How Meeting One Man Changed The Way I Think About Mountains

IFMGA guide Martin Volken meets a man who makes him realize he had too many blessings—and not enough appreciation. [Read More]

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