Packing for an Overnight Alpine Ascent

By Martin Volken, 19 November 2012

  • DATE

    19 November 2012


    Martin Volken


    Alpine & Ice Climbing

Martin Volken - an IFMGA Guide and owner of ProGuiding Service of North Bend, Washington - takes time before a recent trip to describe what exactly should go into a pack for an overnight alpine ascent.  Martin reviews all the essential gear - his 'house' equipment, his personal equipment, the technical equipment, and the safety gear - and then shows us how it all easily fits into his pack. 

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.