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What If It Was You, Fighting For Survival

What if it was you, fighting for survival?

What if was a loved one, fighting to hold on?

What if it were a neighbor struggling to do what is good and right?

What if it was a perfect stranger, fighting to save lives, asking for your help?

It is.

#Stand4theManinBlack is exactly that.

Fighting for Survival

Fighting for Survival

Stand for the Man in Black is a matter of survival.

Survival of a way of life, of anyone who finds themselves in need, here in the wilderness, the range horses, a near-century old business, a community and the very real survival of a spiritual place humanity needs to know is available to them.

Stand for the Man in Blackbecause he will stand for us all... because he will provide the fuel to keep the generators running and communications open and operational… he will provide the horse feed to keep the horses alive… he will search endlessly for a lost loved one and find the way to get to them… he will assure that Pioneer Outfitters remains always the guiding force in the Wrangell Mountains, sharing all we know, all we find with anyone who wishes the experience.

Fighting for Survival

This fundraiser is a matter of survival.

·  Survival of a way of life.

·  Survival of anyone who finds themselves in need, here in the wilderness.

·  Survival of the range horses.

·  Survival of a near-century old business.

·  Survival of a community.

·  Survival of a historically spiritual place humanity needs to know is available to them.

Fighting for Survival

For 90 years, Pioneer Outfitters has been guiding people through the Wrangell Mountains in search of the adventure of a lifetime.

We have come to a time where this is at risk, and this historic village may come to an end, but you can help change that.

Accessible only by plane, Chisana is home to a small community and Pioneer Outfitters.

Chisana is unrivaled in terms of unspoiled landscape and beauty.

There is no transportation to and from Chisana other than by private plane.

Fighting for Survival

Fighting for Survival

For years, Terry Overly also known as “The Man in Black” has flown supplies, fuel for generators and provided search and rescue and emergency medical transport in order to enable the survival of the very small community living at Pioneer Outfitters, adventure camp guests, and also providing emergency assistance to those requiring it in the wilderness.

The wilderness and the space ~ untouched by commercial tourism, the majestic mountains looming over and surrounding us, as far as the eye can see; more glaciers of all sizes and scale; wildlife and flora of every shape, all free, all amazing.

This is where we call home. This is what we share with the world with our horses and experience.

What we use the airplane for:

· Rescue of trapped hikers and injured hunters, broken-down snowmobiles, or others stranded in the Alaska wilderness we live in. (Terry has landed his plane in running water and has rescued families from flooding, taking off just in time to watch the cabin be washed away.)

·  Medical evacuation for anyone in need of physicians who are only accessible by air.

·  Fly in fuel and groceries for the professional wilderness guides we train and the families and Team that live here year round.

·  Fly in hay and feed for the range horses and livestock we watch over and care for each winter who are also part of our Team.

·  Fly in fuel which runs the generators that supply the power for the phone system for the Chisana community.

·  Locate and rescue by air of the community’s livestock and horses to ensure they’re not lost, hurt or frozen.

Fighting for Survival
Mighty Mike, Cessna 206 N-1493M

We now face the biggest challenge – survival. 

We are now dependent on twice-weekly-space-available-deliveries of food, clothing, mail, fuel, feed, and more at $.40 per pound.

For example, a #25 pound bag of horse feed costs $21.00. To fly it into Chisana, (if there is space available on one of the two days per week the air charter service flies into Chisana) it will cost $25.00. The total cost of one bag of horse feed is $46.00.

What’s more, we can no longer rescue or evacuate anyone in need. Our horses may die needing our assistance, as we cannot travel by air to find where they have ranged.

Our home is only accessible by air, and we live in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, our nation’s largest National Park.

Fighting for Survival

In order to continue living in this land and offering services to the community and those who come to Chisana to experience the Alaskan Wilderness, we need to get a new plane – this is where your help comes in, and can make the difference to save this lifestyle that most of America has left behind.

My goal is to bring the Man in Black, Terry Overly, this  90 year old business and this historic community to the world’s attention so that we may stand together and ensure the survival of all.

Stand for the Man in Black will continue forward Standing for Survival here on Pioneer Outfitters website.

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Mighty Mike and #Stand4theManinBlack

Mighty Mike #Stand4theManinBlack

Mighty Mike, Cessna 206 N-1493M is our phoenix rising from the ashes and heartache of Cubby’s loss on September 16, 2013. The powerful black 206 Mighty Mike, is where my attention and determination is (and has been) aimed for the results of #Stand4theManinBlack. Almost a year has gone by since the day that Cubby was Continue Reading

FaceBook and Stand for the Man in Black

FaceBook and Stand for the Man in Black

There are only two questions since this fundraising campaign began that I have not answered as yet. Both came from sharing #Stand4theManinBlack through FaceBook. I had been putting off answering them only because I thought they were excellent questions and I had hoped to make a couple more videos answering these important questions with the Continue Reading

The Guiding Force of Survival


It’s you. You are our guiding force of survival. #Stand4theManinBlack is a fundraiser to raise the funds needed to replace the crucial airplane needed for survival. The fundraiser is a matter of survival and it needs you to be successful.  You. We need you. We need for you to care and we need for you Continue Reading

Stand for the Man in Black Continues

Stand for the Man in Black

The Stand for the Man in Black fundraiser launched on April 22nd, 2014 and ended on June 22nd, 2014 having raised $7,655.00 towards our ultimate goal of $250,000.00 needed to replace the airplane lost to a devastating fire on September 16th, 2013. Stand for the Man in Black My name is Amber-Lee Dibble and I am Continue 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 when Continue Reading