Monthly Archives: June 2013

Behind the Scenes with Coso in Alaska

Please allow me to introduce you to one of Pioneer Outfitters Alaska Guide Trainees, Costen “Coso” Smith. Coso is next up on our Behind the Scenes series, allowing you to know more about the Team in Chisana with Pioneer Outfitters.

Coso arrived in Chisana, January of 2013 to begin his Alaska Guide Training. He is from Michigan and has a wicked sense of humor to the unwary. So without further delay, please make welcome in your lives, Coso.

Behind the Scenes

My best friend since 2nd grade once had said to my “you are one of a kind, there is no other “Coso.” From that statement it made me think that I cannot be comfortable around others and be “normal.” The most difficult thing that about myself to be changed would be my personality, I believe that the “weird as hell” part of me makes me who I am.

When I first read this question, “If you had to name the one thing about yourself that would be the most difficult to change, what would it be?” it made me think about what makes me who I am, my quirks, my strengths and my weaknesses.

Behind the Scenes

After a short time of thinking about how to answer this random question, I couldn’t help but think about when I was told that I am one of a kind. It made me feel that I did not act, feel, or see things the same way as other people I grew up with. After reading this question it led me to go deeper into my mind and past, of what is the one thing that I would never want to change.

After meeting a few guides, during my training so far, they are all unique in their own way. It made me think to be a different type of person/guide you must be different in your own way, make people wonder about you, to the point that they are curious to know what you are about.

Behind the Scenes

To grow up, in my own opinion, you should think about many things good and bad, about your future and past, your strengths and weaknesses and living in the woods really gives you time to do that. I wouldn’t say that I need to work on my personality but to be more wise would make it that much better.

To be a good Professional Alaskan Guide, you have to be able to connect with your hunter but also stay true to your self, you must be loyal to your ethics, the regulations and always do the right thing. To be professional you must remember what you were taught, and never give into weakness. I believe that I have a strong personality, and I have learned that to be a successful Professional Alaska Big Game Hunting Guide, you must have a strong personality and maybe even a “one of a kind” personality.

Behind the Scenes

I would have to say that there is something in everyone that makes them who they really are. I heard a few times in my life  ~ that everyone has their own gift and it takes some longer than others to find out what it is. Whenever I am reminded of this, I find myself thinking, “What is my gift, will I ever find it, or have I already found it?”.

Corinthians 15:10  ~ But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them- yet not I, but the grace.

Alaska is Heating Up

Alaska is heating up

The temperatures are soaring, Alaska is heating up. The sun is high and the winds are welcome breezes, here at the top of the Chisana Valley. Down river, things are heating up there too, with two fires converging into one at the mouth of the Chisana Valley into a fire of over 25,566 acres. OneContinue Reading

The World is Changing

World is Changing

So much stays the same, here in the remote Alaska mountains, living in the mountain wilderness. And yet, even here, where we have called home since 1924, so much has changed. The world is changing. Are we?   A little over three years ago, I was granted the Pioneer Outfitters website to see the decadeContinue Reading

Looking Back at the International Horseback Adventure

Horseback Adventure

Sounds pretty impressive, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, I didn’t fib! Other names of this trip have been things like “Horse Trip From Hell” and “The Yukon to Alaska Horse Trip & Rabid Rodent Adventure”. Need I say more? LOL! The International Horseback Adventure is the cross country expedition bringing into Chisana, Alaska from the YukonContinue Reading

Driving, Flying and Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Driving is the normal way to deal with the day-to-day, in most people’s lives. Master Guide Terry Overly would prefer flying. My all time and personal favorite means of transportation is of course horseback riding. But what if something goes wrong or runs out? I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently. She hadContinue Reading