Martijn has always had a strong desire for adventure. He discovered mountaineering as a teenager, and kept going into the mountains as often as he could during his studies.
He started freeriding in the mid-nineties, and learned skiing in Chamonix on straight and narrow skis. After his first two expeditions to the Chola Shan in China and Shivling in the Garhwal Himalayas, it became obvious to him that he wanted to be a mountain guide. He became then, thanks to his talent and determination, the fourth Dutch UIAGM mountain guide in 2005. He has been living for seventeen years now in the Southern Alps with his wife Saskia, and is a member of the Association of French Mountain Guides.
Martijn is very good at sharing his knowledge and experience, as he works very often as a trainer for professionals. In the Netherlands, he is considered as an authority in his field. His enthusiasm is endless, and that makes every trip with him a very unique experience.
In his spare time, Martijn keeps looking for adventure. As a youngster he climbed the Walker spur on the Grandes Jorasses, just one of his dozens climbed peaks. His reading of the mythical “Sesto Grado” by Reinhold Messner brought him to the Dolomites very often. His complete traverse of the Alps from Vienne to Nice on skis and his kayak expedition in Canada are some of his best memories.
Martijn is an atlete by K2skis