Campfire Chat Videos

After more than a decade of being pushed towards the strange and complicated world of videos and videography, Alaska Chick once again lives up to the “impetuous” aspect of her character, jumping in with both feet with the weekly series Campfire Chat with Alaska Chick.

Campfire Chat

Live and (mostly) uncensored videos out at the fire pit at Pioneer Outfitters own Alaska Chick’s cabin in Chisana, Alaska. Discussing questions YOU have submitted through all sorts of places. Here, on the website, over at Alaska Chick’s Blog in the comments, on Face Book, Pinterest, You Tube, Linked In, Twitter and Google+, the questions for our Campfire Chats are being asked and Alaska Chick is answering.

The Campfire Chat with Alaska Chick series will continue throughout the winter months here in Chisana and we are determined to make this a weekly gathering.

The campfire will supply the lighting for the videos until the sunlight shines again, here in the remote Interior Alaska Mountains, come spring.  When that happy and sunny day arrives, we hope to have a new video idea to offer you to continue to be part of our lives. (Maybe a “Saddle Chat”? LOL)

Here are the links to the Campfire Chat with Alaska Chick posts and videos for you, all in one place! Enjoy them, leave your question(s) and please, share them with the world too!

2014 Campfire Chats

2015 Campfire Chats

Videos and YouTube are something new for Pioneer Outfitters to focus on. They have our focus now, so we hope that you will come along with us on this new journey of discovering new ways of sharing this ultimate wilderness and the life we live in the bush of Alaska with us.

“As we live our lives, we make our living.” ~ Isn’t a catch phrase for Pioneer Outfitters and as we do everything, our Team and Alaska Guide Trainees are also involved with the making of these videos. Choosing which question to answer, writing scripts and points to cover are part of the very public face of an Outfitter as well as a Professional Guide. The very physical work to bring in the substantial extra wood for the campfires and the endless re-takes cuts into everyone’s nights ~ for that, I thank each one.

It seems jumping in with both feet and the very rare feeling of having the camera aimed at me wasn’t enough. It quickly became obvious I would have to learn all there was to know about this… so in keeping with the dark and campfire lighting, this is my own self portrait, proving yes, I’m learning!

As for the editing, learning to decipher and learning all the ins and outs of the different video software there is available is a mind-boggle. (We are still experimenting!)

Well, as our Campfire Chats continue to grow and evolve we hope you will continue to be part of our lives and this journey.

The success of the Campfire Chat with Alaska Chick videos depends upon YOU, of course! YOUR questions, your input! We are looking forward to answering YOUR questions, so don’t be shy, ask! Now, you may wonder what we could possibly share that you might be interested in. There are five main focus points to our lives here in Chisana with Pioneer Outfitters that may give you an inspiration boost.

Campfire Chat

Pioneer Outfitters: Our history, our lives. How we live, how we live without the “magic” of town ~ for instance, “magic” power, “magic” water, “magic” heat (Magic: you know, turning a dial, pushing a button, twisting a knob). Home school is a way of life for our children. The dogs and range horses are very precious and valuable members of our family. (The possibilities are endless for questions here!)

Winter & Spring Excursions: Winter comes hard and stays for half the year in the mountains. We offer snow-machine excursions for guests to experience the Alaska winter months safely and to the fullest extent. Northern Lights, ice fishing, snow-shoeing, sledding and so much more. We trap for fur and hunt the predators that stalk the horses during the winter months. Finding and tending to the range horses is a full time job.

Summer Horseback Adventures: Once known as the largest log cabin settlement in the state of Alaska, Chisana is also the site of the last historic gold rush. It is also a very spiritual place, in which the Native Shamans and Medicine men and women of the various tribes were drawn to. Strong and fearless range horses carry our clients, guests, friends and children across the icy waters, over the dangerous and difficult terrain of the Alaska tundra with ease and comfort. Untouched my commercial tourism, untouched really by humanity, this wilderness is an amazingly pure world, for any Adventure of a lifetime.

Fall Big Game Hunts: Since 1924, Pioneer Outfitters has been guiding people from all over the world into the wilderness of Alaska on horseback. We hunt the majestic Dall Sheep, the Interior Mountain Grizzly Bear and the enormous Alaska-Yukon Moose. Black Bears, Timber wolves and wolverine are also available to be harvested here in Chisana. We have some of Alaska’s most experienced Professional Big Game Guides on hand to answer questions for you and share our campfires.

So that might help you for inspiration! Now where you can leave your questions is something I can help you with right now! Here, on the website, there is a tab at the top of the page that says “Connect with Us” ~ It is a great place to start! ~ You can also leave a question on Alaska Chick’s Blog, in the comments of any post or if you are still feeling a bit shy, you can leave your question in a private message through the “Contact Us” page. Another option is that you can connect with us and leave a question in any of these places, across the Internet!

Campfire Chat

So, we hope you will join us and be part of all the fun we are having ~ freezing our butts off and enjoying the questions you ask.

9 Responses to Campfire Chat Videos

  1. New questions for Campfire Chat: :)

    1. Do you guys grow any vegetables indoors (or outdoors for that matter) to supplement your diet? What do your daily meals typically consist of?

    2. Do you guys do any organized fitness activities, like go on runs or do some sort of fitness circuit routine in camp (like pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, etc) or anything of that sort?

    3. Does the Pro Team (and the boys) ever get to do any of their own personal hunting during the seasons?

    Thanks a lot for posting these chats! They are really fun to watch and really informative!


    • Gosh! Hey Matt! Thank you! These are awesome questions and as absolutely SOON as I can get my gear retrieved from the camp it was left at, I will be back out at our campfire making videos for us all! Yay! (You!) Thank you, again, these are great.
      ~ Alaska Chick, aka Amber-Lee

  2. Hey Amber! Thanks for the reply and I greatly look forward to seeing the next Campfire Chat. :) By the way I sent you and Mr. Master Guide Terry a letter in the mail…(I’m old fashioned like that – I still like to handwrite letters and send postcards)…if it hasn’t arrived in a few weeks I’ll just e-mail ya.
    Hope you all are staying warm up there and having lots of the “F-word”. Haha. :)

  3. Hey Amber! I just read your blog titled Living Social and you had some GREAT little nuggets of wisdom interspersed in there. One of the things you mentioned reminded me of a simple but poignant quote I read, by whom I do not know, but which ties in to many of the great themes you write and speak about.
    It goes: “The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection…When we come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions.”
    That’s a good one, as leaders especially, to remind us to dig deep, know thyself, and be fearless. :)

    • Matt!
      I don’t know HOW I missed your comment- it just showed up today! (Good grief) The quote you mention is indeed a very good reminder that we all have this monster that lives somewhere hidden, waiting for an excuse to bully us down and away from any higher power or even happiness. I looked it up ~ the whole quote:
      “Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” by Henri J.M. Nouwen
      Thank you for this, Matt.
      ~ Amber-Lee

  4. Hi Amber-Lee, I have a question about the sidearms carried by you and your team. Makes, models, calibers, cartridges, and (if any) stories about having to rely on them under a time of possible danger. Thanks. Sincerely Mike Corneillier

  5. Hey Amber-Lee! Glad my post finally came through! Sheesh…well I just figured maybe you didn’t like the quote. Haha.
    One other question I’ve been curious about that I hadn’t seen covered, if you don’t mind me inquiring – at your main lodge/cabins, do you all have hot showers at the ready and hooked up? I figure you must…otherwise you guys really ARE hard-core! :) And I better start getting used to cold showers if I want to join you soon. :)
    Thanks again for answering everyone’s questions and doing the Campfire Chat videos…believe me when I tell you it keeps some of us going and dreaming amidst the rat race.

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