How to Fold a Map

By Martin Volken, 19 November 2012

  • DATE

    19 November 2012


    Martin Volken


    Rock Climbing

The VertiCulture editor would wager a bet that IFMGA Guide and ProGuiding owner, Martin Volken has used more maps than the average outdoor lover. It's no surprise then, that he has a trick or two up his sleeves when it comes to using and storing them. Don't get lost trying to keep track of all those quadrangles floating around in your pack. Simple, yet so effective, Martin shares the secret on how to most usefully fold a map.

Martin Volken

North Bend, WA

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.