Guide Trainees, listen with your mind as well as your ears. Know that we here at Pioneer Outfitters want you to succeed. Pass or Fail, you will be part of Pioneer Outfitters for this period of time. Alaska Guide Training.
“Be who you say you are.”
“Be who you say you are. If you aren’t, yet, work for it. Work hard towards it. Focus on it. You WILL be. Live it. Believe it. Do it.”
We are getting ready to welcome new trainees to our crew within the next 3 weeks.
Traits that I look for, that are seeded deep in the DNA of a potential trainee, to become an Alaska Big Game Guide are:
- Self-Motivation … Initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another person’s prodding or supervision. (This is of course after being taught!)
- Self-Confidence … Realistic confidence in one’s own judgment, ability, power, etc.
- Enthusiasm …eagerness, keenness, ardor, fervor, passion, zeal, zest, gusto, energy, verve, vigor, vehemence, fire, spirit, avidity; wholeheartedness, commitment, willingness, devotion, earnestness.
- Observant … alert, sharp-eyed, sharp, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, having eyes like a hawk, watchful, heedful, aware; on the lookout, on the qui vive, on guard, attentive, vigilant, having one’s eyes open/peeled.
- Attentive …intent, absorbed, engrossed, fascinated, riveted, gripped, captivated, rapt, agog; intrigued, inquisitive, curious; keen, eager
- Pride …a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated.
These traits are what I look for. Not only, not a make or break foul. These are traits that I have observed that each of the professional guides I have met and known over these last years, have in common.
Before we ever meet, in person, our trainees, we speak with them on the telephone. I am rarely able to tolerate being on the phone for very long. Do you notice voices and the effect they have on that “preconceived” picture that you form before meeting in person?
The way someone speaks and the tone and pitch of their voice, the cadence and strength. And excuse me, but what are these sounds you insist on making almost as often as punctuation…“and ah..” or “umm ah…”? I just don’t get it.
The questions that are asked give me an idea which direction your mind is heading and the order asked, many times will give me an insight to what importance they hold as single threads.
The fantasy, illusion almost, of what we do, as professional guides, is so far off base from the real core of it all, that it attracts some people to the misunderstood and underestimated training that we provide.
Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training isn’t a fling, it is not a joke. We take this very seriously. All funny-business aside and any future plans still out of reach, we take this training and the approval for an Alaska Assistant Guide License as seriously as life and death.
What will you do, when fates or life throws something at you, in the remote wilderness of Alaska? There is no one to call. There is no back-up or do-overs, lives are at stake.
On a brilliantly summer day, with horses that are calm and steady, everyone has a happy smile for you, your camp is welcoming and neat and meals dang near cook themselves over a fire, life is good and it’s hard to conceive of a “job” being any more enjoyable or easy.
Ain’t that sweet?
An Alaska Guide License isn’t approved to people who can “handle” those types of days. If these are the moments you prepare for, in life and in the wilderness, the results are ugly. They can be fatal.
So. You will fail. Better that you fail here, in Chisana, surrounded by us, and others who are more aware of life churning and beating around us all.
Lives are always at stake. Yours. Our clients and guests. Children. Horses. An Alaska Guide must be capable and able to not only guide someone across the Alaska wilderness, taking in the sights, but to confidently and appropriately protect and lead those same people, safely and happily, away from dangers seen as well as through the dangers that being in the remote wilderness will lay in your path.
To you, out there somewhere past this cyber world that has connected us, you, who are thinking, “I want to be a guide!”
It’s not about killing critters, folks. That is only one tiny sentence in the encyclopedia of the world. It is about something so big and important that unless you understand and embrace the bigger picture, unless you put forth more effort than you ever have before, you will fail.
I am very willing to mark “fail” on one evaluation after another. I am willing and capable of doing so, time and time again. Why? How could I even write that? I’ll tell you why.
The client or guest you are guiding into the “field” is someone’s son or daughter, Mother or Father, someone’s sweetheart, someone’s friend, someone irreplaceable to another, someone that trusts you to keep them safe.
Will you? Can you? I believe you can. I believe we can teach you how. Do you want to be an Alaska Guide?