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#FollowFriday: Amber-Lee Dibble

By: Gini Dietrich | March 22, 2013 | 

#FollowFriday- Amber-Lee DibbleLadies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce you to one Ms. Amber-Lee Dibble.

Not your typical Spin Sucks reader, Amber-Lee runs Pioneer Outfitters in Alaska.

She manages and is a big game guide (which means she hunts and shoots animals much, much larger than she) for the wilderness excursion company and has been for 20 years. But she didn’t grow up in Alaska; she grew up on a dairy farm in New York.

You know how most of us graduate from high school, headed for college, and have no idea what we want to do with the rest of our lives? Not Amber-Lee. She knew exactly what she wanted to do: Join the Navy.

Upon graduation she did and headed off to serve our country in Desert Storm. But, after deployment, she realized having automatic rifles pointed at her wasn’t such a great way of life and re-evaluated her hopes and dreams. She received an honorable discharge and went back to the dairy farm.

She read an article in The Paint Horse Journal about master guide Terry Overly and Pioneer Outfitters and sat down to write him a letter.

Not only did she receive a response, he sent her a plane ticket to Alaska. And she never looked back.

More than 25 percent of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve is covered by glacial ice. In fact, it is the greatest concentration of glaciers in North America and it has more than half of Alaska’s glacial ice.

But most vistors to the park see only the southwest side because there many tourist facilities and a road system available. Very few ever get to  experience the northeast side of the glacial divide. This is where the people of Pioneer Outfitters live and work. And this is where Amber-Lee made a home for herself and, later, her family.

She has certainly brought the company into the information age. She blogs, she tweets, she Facebooks, she pins, she links, she pluses, and, if that’s not enough, she wrote a book, “My Identity Crisis.”

She is an incredible woman. We always joke how vastly different our lives are. She’ll gasp at something I encounter in the big city and I can’t get my arms around her life in the wilderness. But I learn a ton from her and I’m lucky to call her a friend.

Introduce yourself to her in the comments below, follow her on the social networks, read her blog and her book, and get to know her.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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135 responses to “#FollowFriday: Amber-Lee Dibble”

  1. belllindsay says:

    Wow. I know Amber-Lee – but had no idea just how, erm, deep into the whole glacial ice, big game thing she actually was – and of course I assumed she grew up in Alaska!! That’s really amazing – and sounds like an incredible way of life. Welcome to the world of the Follow Friday fanatics Amber!! Maybe one day hubs and I will make our way to Pioneer Outfitters! 😀

  2. A wilderness trip to Alaska is on my bucket list, especially for some coho, king and sockeye on the fly. Awesome to meet you, Amber-Lee! 🙂

  3. Oh, hot diggidy…let’s gossip about Amber-Lee b/c she’s gonna be asleep for, like 4 more hours. Here we go…that girl is the best co-moderator of our Bloggers Unite! Google+ community ever; good thing I made her a co-captain b/c she was vying for my job anyway.
    Amber-Lee cannot write a headline to save her soul (she knows, she freely admits that); yet, this girl is the most prolific of bloggers in the great Northwest only accessible by plane in Chisana, Alaska.
    She’s also a single mama of many kidlets, like Old Mother Hubbard, and learns on the fly when she’s on horseback dressed in pink. Gag me. I’m so proud of her accomplishments and even more ecstatic seeing her featured here. 
    Morning, Amber-Lee! Surprise!

    • @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing She is one of the good ones. Maybe we should enlist her help to get a certain someone over their fear of squirrels and killer dolphins.

      • ginidietrich says:

        @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing First of all, I do not fear squirrels. I hate them. With a passion. They’re rats with long, furry tails. I wish them all an extinction. Secondly, I do not fear killer dolphins. I simply think we should not eat them.

        • @ginidietrich  @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing 
          First- Boy, am I glad I didn’t get you up here last year, Gini! Skrizzle would NOT have pleased you… he had already been released back into the “wild” but he knew us and would follow us on walks and jump out of trees and land, only to partially miss and have to scramble and dig in with his claws to climb up to your shoulder!! (Can you say “heart failure”?)
          Secondly, I agree. We should NOT eat dolphins. No. Not ever.

        • belllindsay says:

          @AlaskaChickBlog  @ginidietrich  @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Oh. I would pay BIG MONEY to get that set up when Gini heads north. Please Amber-Lee, PLEASE set that up!!! #skrizzle

        • @belllindsay  @ginidietrich  @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Skrizzle is now fully wild again. I don’t know if he even remembers his human family anymore. My Alaska Chick-let seems to believe every squirrel she sees now is Skrizz…but who knows. No more attacking squirrels. All safe, Gini! LOL… We’d have a BLAST!

    • @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Oh Fuglesnot.
      I’ve SEEN your office, Miss Thang, and I like mine better! And I don’t want your job, you just caught me after a 4-pots-of-coffee-day! LOL
      Sigh, it is true. My headlines suck big hairy weenies.
      (Old Mother Hubbard, my a**) I have two vastly gifted, slightly twisted (this is what happens when you raise children in a hunting camp), children. My very own ChisanaBoy who is 14 and the little Alaska Chick-let who is almost six!
      What a beautiful, sparkly surprise!! (Ya know…. I usually save Spin Sucks for evening!!)

  4. Wow! What a cool story! I would be horrendously jealous of your job…if I wasn’t terribly allergic to cold weather. But I’m still pretty jealous. Not to mention the fact that you must be the most persuasive letter writer ever! Which is an impressive skill in an of itself. When I was 8 I wrote the President (of the United States) a letter asking for a job, and I believe all got was a sticker. Similar responses from Michael Jordan and Bon Jovi (who I wrote a song for…could have been multiplatinum…but no). Now at the time I was pleased about these responses, but now I know that other people are handing out plane tickets…I have to say, I feel pretty crushed…

    • ginidietrich says:

      @LauraPetrolino Dear Laura, will you please come work with us? You’d fit our culture perfectly. Also, Michael Jordan lives in Chicago. I know you’re allergic to cold and all, but I know where he hangs out and we can stalk him like he did me one summer. Much love, Gini

      • @ginidietrich Dearest Gini,
        Um….are you being serious? Please know that should there ever be an opportunity, I would be up there in half a heart beat to come work with you all.  Like, no joke, world land speed records would be set.  End of story!
        Allergies can be dealt with, and luckily I look extremely adorable in wool sweaters and little knitted hats (and when I say extremely adorable, I’m being modest). So obviously this would not be a problem.
        Sincerely yours, 
        p.s. I would however demand that the whole Michael Jordan thing be in my contract. Other than that I’m negotiable.

      • @ginidietrich  @LauraPetrolino (My momma loves Michael Jordan!)

    • @LauraPetrolino It was a pretty huge surprise for me as well! Speaking with Boss on the phone, he had asked if I was going to be around and I was like, “Where am I going? I milk cows three times a day!” So he says he is sending me a surprise… and I waited… do you know disappointed I was when the Fed-Ex truck pulled in behind the milk truck and pulled out an ENVELOPE? Sigh. THEN, I opened it!! Tickets to Alaska!
      I LOVE music and I am sure, if Bon Jovi had had a clue, I would be singin’ your song!

  5. Hi, Amber-Lee — my wife is from Alaska, so we go up there in the summer to fish the Kenai. Which is probably like San Diego compared to where you are! I’ve only been going up there a for a few years but am always searching out a new adventure. Congratulations on pursuing your dream!

  6. Hi Amber-Lee! Like all have been staying, what a great story!

  7. RebeccaTodd says:

    Wow great to meet you, Amber-Lee! I’ve never made it that far north, but hope to one day.  I am going to check out your blog now!

  8. PattiRoseKnight1 says:

    Nice to meet you Amber-Lee!

  9. belllindsay says:

    I love that one of her fave things is tinfoil!! Me too!! 😀

  10. KenMueller says:

    Glad we’re already friends. Now I just need to figure out how to get a vacation out of this…

  11. HowieG says:

    OMG what a great choice!
    Amber-Lee saved my life back in the big storm on 2006. I was on a Salmon fishing expedition with some friends and I got separated when a big late season snowstorm hit. After holing up in a cave with only my raw salmon catch to eat for 2 days and no idea where I was, I heard someone whistling Alice in Chains The Rooster.
    So I emerged and waved down Amber-Lee. She was hunting Elk with only a Bowie Knife. I thought I was hallucinating (I get flashbacks from my past Grateful Dead Days). I was like damn that Electric Jerry Juice you are messing with my head! But no it really was a person and she came to my aid.
    We spent the next 7 days tracking the Elk herd and trapping beaver for pelts. The deal was I carry the pelts and Amber-Lee leads me to safety at the end of her expedition. On the fifth day loaded down with pelts but invigorated with my new found excitement for the wilderness just before sundown Amber-Lee took off running full speed. I thought ‘Oh no I am to be left to die out here, she didn’t even teach me how to make a fire or build an igloo yet how will I survive?’
    Then a minute later I heard a blood curdling scream. It was inhuman. Something Banshee like. I dropped the pelts and ran in the direction of the sound. And there was Amber-Lee actually on the back of a male Elk, riding it! Running circles around a Polar Bear, Bowie Knife in her hand. In one great leap she landed on the bear’s back, and in an action seemingly polished like she has done this a million times, she bit the bear at the jugular and landed the knife perfectly under the ribs into it’s heart. I almost ran away. Who was this woman?
    After the bear fell she pulled out her IPhone and in 20 minutes a helicopter came grabbed her and the bear and the pelts and flew away. Leaving me with some Elk Jerky and a map showing I was 2 miles from Sarah Palin’s house.
    I will never forget that experience as long as I live.

  12. equuisdancer says:

    Good Morn’ my Pal..I bet I’m sneaking in just as your putting on the coffee pot to perk.
    Amber is a great friend and she’s everything that this says and more! 
    What a great write up!

  13. debdobson62 says:

    Nice to meet you Amber-Lee.  You sound quite fascinating.  Thank you @ginidietrich for the introduction.

  14. Holy Guacamole! Look, it’s Christmas, Amber-Lee! You’ve got all these gifts under the tree and still don’t know it…giggle, chuckle…I’m so excited! So, you just keep on sleepin’ and when you awake to this, you’re gonna fall off your pink chair!

    • @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing YOU know me, soooo well! LOL Lookie me, ma!! WOW. Jayme… I hope this brought a spark to you as well… you were already “here” when I got here… I remember, out of all the places I went to learn, watching and reading your responses… learning… sitting in my “pink chair” ..terrified!

  15. Matt_Cerms says:

    Great to meet you, Amber-Lee! And thank you for your Service! I always like meeting or learning about people who found their calling and ran with it right away. It appears that life has been very fulfilling for you. And that’s something I’m striving for! Happy Friday, everyone!

    • @Matt_Cerms Holy Moley, Happy Friday!!
      I’m striving too, Matt. The doors to my world blew completely off the hinges when I met HubSpot and began my online journey.
      I will be one of the times in my life that I am most proud of, my service in the United States Navy, thank you.

  16. Mark_Harai says:

    You’ve got some really cool stuff brewing inside of you, Amber! : )
    It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better, miss – thank you for being a awesome friend and great connection on the social web.
    To great accomplishments, “Cheers!”

  17. aimeelwest says:

    Wonderful to meet you! My husband would love to live where you do.

  18. Oh my heavens! Gini, this is simply and utterly… WOW.

  19. SpinSucks says:

    Matt_Cerms Love her story. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. rdopping says:

    Who the heck let HER in here? For heavens sake, Gini, you can’t be stopped, can you?
    Actually, a better choice could not have been make. I have benefited immensely from Amber’s positivity for quite some time. She is such a giving soul. I am glad to know you girl.
    Enjoy the spotlight. You deserve it.

  21. bdorman264 says:

    We need to ask the proverbial question of @AlaskaChickBlog  does a bear really ‘sit’ in the woods? 
    I know Ms Amber-Lee well and would love to go out and visit her. Maybe Terry will send me a ticket, huh? I’m guessing my Speedo wouldn’t play too well in a frozen mountain stream…
    Good Follow Friday, she is living the life of adventure.

    • @bdorman264 Hey! I answered that for you! I even found a picture of proof!
      Don’t fret, I’ll ask him! LOL And if he does, you have to bring the Speedo… you know another one of my favorite things is photography and we cannot let all these folks NOT see you in your Speedo in the Chisana River! (I’m thinking the expression on his face as he cannon-balls into it!)
      Good Follow Friday, indeed!

  22. ginidietrich says:

    erikj Thanks Erik!

  23. gingerconsult says:

    Amber-Lee is a treasure. I always admire her spirit of giving back and paying forward. She gives of her talents to all. If you haven’t already – follow her! I know I’m very lucky to have her in my community of #bealeader and I’m so honored to call her friend.

    • @gingerconsult Jen, this is a dream come true for me. It may seem like small taters in the over all skeem of things… but THIS is the point! What a wonderful and absolute surprise…
      It is my honor to be a part of #bealeader. I am not going to quit or be led astray from the Path… we are here to do something for the world!

  24. There is nothing like passion! Amber-Lee has it!

  25. There is nothing like passion! Amber-Lee has it! Thanks for bringing her to light!

  26. Amber-Lee IS seriously awesome!She’s super passionate and her everyday life is beyond our wildest comprehension/dreams. Definitely someone I admire and love!

  27. SpinSucks says:

    AlaskaChickBlog Thanks for sharing!

  28. JoeCardillo says:

    Rad! Nice to make your acquaintance @AlaskaChickBlog  =)

  29. jolynndeal says:

    Hi Amber-Lee.  What an inspiration you are.  We’re taking a Glacier trip this summer but now I wish we had booked a trip to meet you and see your side of Alaska.  So nice to virtually meet you!

    • @jolynndeal Wow! Me too, LOL, be sure that you stay in touch! I would love to hear about your adventure, Jolynn. If you need any advice on getting ready, now you have a friend here to help!

  30. TaraGeissinger1 says:

    Girl Power! 🙂 Nice to meet you Amber-Lee. I look forward to following you!

  31. Amber-Lee, what a nice write up and story! Congrats on your big “social debut” on Spin Sucks. You were great in Brian’s novel, do you get the role if it goes to the big screen?

  32. AlaskaChickBlog says:

    ClaritySol SpinSucks ginidietrich Thank you! Happy Happy Friday!

  33. WomeninHighGear says:

    RT ginidietrich: I’m super excited about today’s #FF. She’s one incredible chick!

  34. Faryna says:

    Amber Lee is awesomeness.

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    • KDillabough says:

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  36. PASmithjr says:

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  37. […] certain I met her over at Gini Dietrich’s popular Spin Sucks blog. In fact, Gini featured Amber-Lee in the SpinSucks Follow Friday series last year. I feel like I’ve just kind of known Amber-Lee […]

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