~This is where I introduce us to you.
A grain of salt may be required.
Master Guide Terry Overly...
Terry has been guiding folks and visitors into the wilderness on horseback since before regulations were an issue.
Before the National Park Service came to Alaska.
The oldest Assistant Guide License I was able to find of Terry’s was issued in 1963.
As a Registered Guide, in 1972, Terry was ready to step into his Step-Father’s shoes.
Terry became a Bush Pilot in the early 1970’s.
In 1985, Terry Overly became an Alaska Master Guide.
There are very few people left that have had the experiences and witnessed as much of the Alaskan wilderness as this proud man. The Boss. That is All. (and it is a lot)
Meet the Team:
Amber-Lee received her Alaska Guide License in 1995.
Elected as a Republican delegate for the State of Alaska and as a certified Physical Trainer, Amber-Lee is the Lead Trainer for Pioneer Outfitters Guide Training.
Published author of My Identity Crisis and the creator of Alaska’s Professional Guide Ethics Class.
Amber-Lee has been riding since her mother tied her onto the saddle the first time at 3 years old.
The Boss calls her “impetuous” because he feels she takes on too much.
Impetuous. Driven. Loyal. Hard Ass.
Nancy W. …
Nancy comes from Montana and has lived with us here in Chisana for 7 years.
Nancy came to Pioneer Outfitters with not only hotel, hospitality and cooking experience but as a hotel owner, herself with years of experience making guests feel welcome so far from home.
Nancy is also the Mom to three boys of her own, handy experience, living at Pioneer Outfitters.
Lodge Mom, Chief Cook, bottle washer and basically the oil that keeps us all going.
Makinzi R. … (Alaska Guide Trainee)
Although, by far the youngest person to ever begin serious Alaska Guide Training with Pioneer Outfitters, Makinzi has been seriously working towards her Registered Guide License for over three years now.
She has completed Winter Cold Weather Training & Survival and has been in the field as Team Leader Amber-Lee Dibble’s right hand for the last two years.
Makinzi has the added benefit of the training her survivalist Father shared with her and her brother and sisters as well as a knowledge of the land, plants and their healing properties that her Mother instills in us all.
Makinzi has already begun studying for her Student Pilot’s License and will allow nothing to keep her from reaching her goals.
Are you interested in becoming one of our Team?
Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training will make you an integral member of Alaska’s Professional Guides and part of an incredible industry, that is both a historical part of our roots as a people and paramount to and of our future survival.
Both Meet the Team and the Behind the Scenes series featured on Alaska Chick’s Blog is a great way to get to know the individuals that make up the Team.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Pioneer Outfitters Extreme Pro Team Guides are Professional Guides in the truest sense of the words.
They are the ones that no matter how bad things get, (and there are days they can get pretty bad… and then they can get really bad) can keep you going, keep you safe and later, when you are finally at the end of everything, your patience, your endurance, you just put on your last pair of dry socks and stuck them into a puddle of water- in your boots ~kind of “at the end”, can build a big fire, feed you till you burst and make you laugh at everything you just went through.
The Pro Team are the Guides that live in Chisana year round, cut the fire wood, haul the water, take care of the range horses, clean, fix, oil, patch, mend, trap, and wait for the next guest to take them where the guest’s dreams may lead them.
No matter what the temperature is, what the weather is up to, time of year it may be, they are the ones that can handle it all. All the interior mountains of Alaska may have to throw at us, the Extreme Pro Team Guides are prepared and capable.
There is a downside to the Extreme Pro Team Guides…
… this would be “The Ugly” part of the name they were given so long ago that there are numerous stories where it came from.
The downside, “The Ugly” is the bragging rights.
All Professional Guides have it, and use it, but the Extreme Pro Team Guides revel in it, enjoy it, write about it, talk about it, share it…. and most of the time, it’s all on film, so they share it, world wide.
“If you live through it, you have bragging rights”
I grew up into a Professional Guide hearing this mantra, believe me, it is a fact.
Now, I can tell you, we have never lost a guest or even severely damaged one.
The Pioneer Outfitters Extreme Pro Team, aren’t just a group of guides. They are the loyal, smart, tough men and women connected as a team with the common goal to be the best, period.
To be right, to protect and to guide, to lead others in the right direction through the wildest country and through tough decisions.
Are you interested in becoming one of our Team?
Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training will make you an integral member of Alaska’s Professional Guides and part of an incredible industry, that is both a historical part of our roots as a people and paramount to of our future survival.