Monthly Archives: May 2012

Living in the Bush, Hints for Trainee Guides

Guide Trainee TipsThe single hardest, most personal aspect of living a good life in the wilderness and bush of Alaska, the remote mountains of the Wrangle -St. Elias National Park and Preserve, is not the physical work and strain.

The most difficult part of living the lifestyle in the remote area with so few people, the lifestyle and choice to live a productive and free life, is learning to deal with one’s self.

Being able to not only preach and lecture on honesty, but to truly live it, pulling that honesty close and holding the mirror on one’s self and looking deep with clear eyes and an open heart.

There is no possible way of living an honest way, if it is based on lies or fairy tales inside one’s self. Non of us humans are perfect, we all know this. Each of us has the power and knowledge to look closely at ourselves and see what needs to change.

Someone said something to me, not long ago, maybe I read it, I do not recall for certain. The things we find the most fault with in others, is what we are most ashamed or appalled by in ourselves.

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Hunt of a Lifetime Hunter, Bennett Page, at 16 yrs.

See, here is the catch. We are Pioneer Outfitters. We operate a training program for Wilderness Survival and Big Game Guides.  You cannot be completely solid in this endeavor, which is based on leading, directing people and keeping them safe, if you cannot control and or deal with yourself.

How can you control situations elsewhere, with other people, if you do not have that control and understanding of yourself?

Answer, you can’t.
Cliche’ …. “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”

It isn’t easy. That is no joke. It isn’t something you can buy or go to school for. It starts with being brutally honest with yourself, first. Asking yourself, “is this a problem or is it MY problem?”

Another cliche’ “you are your own worst enemy.”

That last concept, that cliche’ was in its self a light switch at the end of the long dark tunnel that needs to be traveled.

Guide Trainee TipsFor myself, that understanding allowed me to “turn the light on.” It also revealed the truth with the light, dealing with myself (and all my own personal demons and dramas), controlling myself and my own actions and reactions to people and events that surround me.

This is the mountain I will always and ever after have to climb all by myself.

As the Manager to Pioneer Outfitters, the lead guide and Trainer to the Survival & Guide Training, I often repeat to new-comers that living and working in a place like Chisana will, without fail, bring out the best and worst that an individual has to offer.

“Dealing with yourself” is the hardest part of living and growing, improving one’s self, to accept, to learn and to practice. As I tell each trainee the first time, each time, I can see they do not understand.

Living here in Chisana, so remote and away from the busy noise of any village, town or city; living with the same few people that are your co-workers and teammates, you basically run out of people to blame.

Blame? Yes. Blame for your own personal demons, issues and set-backs. After a bit of time, the only common factor becomes obvious. It is one’s self. Yourself.

Guide Trainee Tips
This is who I am. Who are you?

There is no “escape”. There is no neighborhood arcade or bowling alley, local tavern, shopping mall or movie theater. No restaurants or bars, no busy streets or grocery store or Post Office. There are no strangers, no Friday night dates. There are only your co-workers, teammates and trainees.

Only one relief is feasible. Only one solution makes any sense at all.

Deal with yourself. Learn, train and understand.

Honesty, brutal-bare-knuckled-honesty is absolutely necessary.

Do you want to become a licensed Alaska Guide? Get in touch with us now, we can help make that happen!

The Challenge: Alaska Outfitter, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”

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~This message was issued sitting at my dining room table that doubles as a gathering spot for the guides in addition to my office(…gr., another topic). Mixing Social Media with Pioneer Outfitters’ Master Guide Terry Overly (should have been a movie star!) is a verbal volcano about to erupt! This started out, as I sat Continue Reading

Women Adventurers and Women Hunters

Amber-Lee and Brenda, First Lady in Hunting, Brenda Valentine

Pioneer Outfitters has been providing horse pack-trip, sight-seeing, photography, winter excursions and hunting excellence since 1924. As a professional woman in a field that is still mainly enjoyed by men, I am sitting here today writing to you.  The women I’ve met since becoming an Alaska Guide have shared so much with me, taught me Continue Reading

Summer in Alaska

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I was asked, just this morning, on the phone by a friend that has never been to Chisana, “What is there to do, in the Summer in Alaska?” Wow! There is so much to do here, in the remote Alaska wilderness that we live in. Summer in Alaska offers more for you, your heart, soul Continue Reading

Summer Forecast: Weather Permitting

Mother Nature is a force to be respected. “Weather Permitting” is a familiar phrase here in Alaska. How many people, that don’t live in Interior Alaska, really understand exactly what that means? Weather Permitting Plans, up in smoke. Time, lost. Effort, meaningless. The reasonable, intelligent part of each of us, knows there is nothing to Continue Reading

Horseback Riding For Dummies

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No, I did not just call you a dummy! The “…For Dummies” books are a big hit, why not Horseback Riding for Dummies as well?! Horseback Riding for Dummies Many people come to us with little to no experience with horses or horseback riding. (Ahh, that’s just sad… poor them, poor, poor them.) Ok! That Continue Reading

Weather Permitting

Weather Permitting

WEATHER PERMITTING Way up in Alaska wherever you are, If you’re headed out close or you’re headed out far And you’re going by plane you can add (and it’s fitting) I’ll be there Good Buddies, Weather permitting. It could really care less what you’re planning or doing; An operation, oration, a wedding or wooing. When Continue Reading

Horseback Riding Adventures For the Inexperienced

Adventures are something most of us dream of having. Sometimes however, our own inexperience prevents us from even exploring the option of having these long dreamed of and even craved adventures. What Pioneer Outfitters offers are various wilderness Adventures and Excursions throughout the entire year. Including Horseback Riding Adventures for the inexperienced. “I’ve never ridden Continue Reading