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.

Want More Fest—Less Suffer—In Your First Mountaineering Trip?

Plan ahead with these tips from mountain guide Martin Volken, to avoid some of the pain inherent to mountaineering. [Read More]

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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