Category Archives: Survival and Guide Training

Leadership, Guide Trainees and Beliefs

It’s an important question for all of us to ask and answer for our own growth. What do you really believe about Leadership?  We are each of us, leaders. As Professional Guides this is doubly true. So, have you ever stopped to think about what you really believe about leadership?


All I have learned through study, examples good and bad, by other Professional Guides, from my own time in the U.S. Navy as well from my own positions of leadership; has both broadened and narrowed my own beliefs of leadership.

I believe Leadership comes from within. Every aspect of an individual’s leadership comes from within that leader.

“The Voice

There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

“I feel this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong.”

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you–just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.”

~ Shel Silverstein

Commitment, confidence, sense of humor, honesty, ability to delegate, vision, ability to communicate, honesty, intuition, creativity, positive attitude and the ability to inspire; these are all qualities of a Professional Guide. They all come from within the individual. They are part of every good leader. 

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
~ Denis Waitley

Understanding that this lays within us, what is required of each of us to grow and be more than we were yesterday is an enormous step for some people to acknowledge. Some people say Leaders are born, some say they are made.

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone.  You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”  ~Elaine Agather

The Leadership skills that each Professional Guide has in abundance are inside each one of us. It is only through reflection, work and the dedication to become the best possible version of ourselves using all we learn as we continue growing, that we will shine.

We’ve all found new awareness through listening to other people’s take on whatever subject that interests us. Have you ever thought about what you really believe about Leadership? If you are considering becoming a Professional Guide, have you considered what your own leadership strengths are?

More, even if you are not a Professional Guide or have any intention of pursuing such a hard and uncommon path, these questions are still very pertinent. Are you aware of your own leadership? How do you serve your own leadership?

Producing The Natural Physical Process of Guiding Leadership

Guiding Leadership

So what makes us each who we are? We have bodies, souls, spirits and hearts. When you add into the mix our emotions, experiences and desires, you have a person. It could be you, him, her or me. “The natural physical process” suits a Professional Guide to perfection, as we are all called to theContinue Reading

The Courage to Lead

Courage to Lead

As the year began, my own journey took on a deliberate focus, to Be Fearless. In all my choices, thoughts and actions, in all my business and personal dealings, with strangers as well as my own family, I would be fearless. Courage by definition is the ability to do something that frightens one; strength inContinue Reading

Why the Little Things Count So Much

Little Things

Not very long ago I listened to a speech given for University graduates and so many of the points covered in the eloquent talk but one resonated deeply with me. It spoke of why the little things count so much. Why the little things matter so much is a point we have come up againstContinue Reading

The SPECIAL Part of Being a Professional Guide


Most everyone I have met with teenagers have their own gripes and worries about video games and the time their own teen(s) spends playing these games. Recently however, in the most casual of conversations with my own teenager, he shared with me something he had learned from these games. “Guiding is Special, Mom.”  Zachariah saidContinue Reading

What It Takes To Be Fearless

What it takes

Have you ever wondered or wished that you knew what it takes to be fearless? Maybe you have thought about or even researched instead what it takes to be a Professional Guide, a teacher, a scientist or a creator of video games. There is a possibility you have been curious what it takes to beContinue Reading

Campfire Chat with Alaska Chick, Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Welcome back to our fire! Come join us as we chat with Caleb Zwahlen from Wanship, Utah, the newest member of the Alaska Guide Training team. Meet the Team is the series that gives you a closer, in-depth look at each member of the team here at Pioneer Outfitters. So come on over to theContinue Reading

One of Alaska’s Top Professional Guides on Alaska Guides

Alaska Guides

Children and old-timers, the knowledge they have to share with us all, through innocent insight and lifetimes of experience is something that cannot be overlooked or forgotten. Who would know more about becoming or what it takes to be an Alaska Guide than one of Alaska’s top Professional Guides? Master Guide Terry Overly, the thirdContinue Reading