Category Archives: Survival and Guide Training

What It Takes To Be Fearless

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 be a leader or even what it takes to be a Mother.

The answer to all of these is the same. What it takes to Be Fearless is to be steady and smart.

What it takes

To be steady is said to be stable, secure, dependable, constant, regular, unshakable and consistent. Smart is said to be (after a quick check with my desktop dictionary) clever, bright, intelligent, sharp-witted, quick-witted, shrewd, astute and able.

Going back to our previous conversations about what it really means to Be Fearless, which is not the absence of any fear but the refusal to allow any fear to dictate any decision or choice in your life; we must understand and accept that one has to be steady to ride all the ups and downs being alive guarantees as well as smart enough to see both those ups and downs for not only what they are but what they could be.

Be Steady and Smart

Rarely is anything fantastic created in a moment. Most often, it takes a very long time with a lot of hills and gullies in the path. Sometimes things can even get down right dangerous. Keeping your wits about you, staying nice and steady, staying alert for openings and aware of what is happening around you will get you through just about anything.

First of all, the entire meaning of “Steady” says very clearly in what is not part of the definition- to be steady you can’t quit! You can’t be wishy-washy and all freaked-out emotion. (chill)

Second, being smart doesn’t mean you have to have a PH.D. or be CEO of a large company!  Being smart means first that you take a very good, hard and clear look at yourself. (FYI- If you don’t cringe even a little bit then you aren’t looking hard enough.) Then! Stay smart. Learn all you can. Commit yourself. Improve yourself. Make sure you are walking your own talk. Pay attention to what is happening around you, around others and how it pertains. That is smart.

Oh, heads up. If you are an Alaska Guide Trainee and you believe you have all this handled? Know all you need to know? Maybe even got plans on how to do it better? Uh-huh. Well, see that’s why you are STILL a trainee!

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

Survival Fitness in Alaska

Survival Fitness

Survival Fitness brings to mind something you would encounter and endure (most likely) in a military program. Instead, Survival Fitness is something everyone should consider and embrace before a survival situation occurs. Nobody even intends to or expects to find themselves smack dab in the middle of a survival situation. It seems to happen whenContinue Reading

Prepare to Lead

Prepare to Lead

“Are you ready?”  You hear the words being asked and your life changes in that instant. Your mouth is dry, it feels like dust; Your tummy feels as if the floor just dropped out from beneath you; Your legs are like jello and you are surprised in some distant way that they are still holdingContinue Reading

Hold the Line in Alaska

Hold the Land

There are lines in all of our lives. Lines you wont cross, no matter what. Tact, diplomacy, flexibility, giving way, graciousness and compassion; they are all valuable and precious skills. They can be traits one is born with to the blessed and skills for those committed to learning and adapting them. However they become partContinue Reading

Alaska Guide Trainees, Be Ethical and Engaged

Ethical and Engaged

Back to our focus for 2014, Be Fearless! We covered Bold and Brave, Empowering and Be Faithful in past posts. Today, we are on “E” ~ Ethical and Engaged. As I was pondering how to discuss Ethical and Engaged with you today, instantly our Guide Trainees came to mind. Our Alaska Guide Trainees are preparingContinue Reading

Alaska Guide Training, When Training Goes Bad

Training Goes Bad

Someone asked me recently in an interview what was the most frustrating part of the Alaska Guide Training Program that Pioneer Outfitters has in the mountains of Alaska. The most frustrating part of being the Lead Guide Trainer for Alaska Professional Guides is knowing, when training goes bad. From time and experience, there is nothingContinue Reading

Monday Motivation, The Wrong Struggle


You’ve been working towards your goal for a long time. You have made sacrifices, studied and worked hard. If the joy of and in the discovery and progress has dimmed a little, that is just the way life is. Right? Wrong. You may have gotten off track, strayed from the path, so to speak, somewhereContinue Reading

(New Video) Campfire Chat with Alaska Chick, Guide Graduation

Tonight’s Campfire Chat question is from Steve Cox and it is a GREAT question! Listen in and leave your thoughts and comments in the box below. We might feature YOUR question next! Alaska Guide Graduation Pioneer Outfitters Alaska Guide Training program is one of the only Professional Guide Training programs recognized by the State ofContinue Reading