Hi, I’m Mike Routen.
I’ve always tried to live my life on my terms.
Growing up in California I attended a small High School and upon graduating I immediately enrolled at San Jose State University. After one semester, I decided that I needed to take a more hands-on approach to life.
When I was 18 I moved from California to Colorado to find some more adventure. While there, I got my private pilots license, worked as a ski lift operator, a snowmobile tour guide and volunteered as a firefighter.
At 21 I joined the US Navy and became a Search And Rescue Medical Technician. During my enlistment I volunteered for and was accepted into the Deep Freeze program. This allowed me to deploy to Antarctica for 6 months in 1990-1991. While I was down there with the Search And Rescue teams we performed numerous medivac flights and a few rescue operations.
After getting out of the Navy, I wanted to pursue flying so I used my GI Bill benefits to finish up my flight training and became a Helicopter Flight Instructor. Before long I accepted an offer from a student that was starting a tour company in the Columbia River Gorge area. Unfortunately they sold the helicopter about a year later.