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#FollowFriday: Amber-Lee Dibble

By: Gini Dietrich | March 22, 2013 | 
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#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.

134 comments
PASmithjr
PASmithjr

RT %s %s: Amber-Lee Dibble (aka %s) %sbpr v%scks Yes, she's Awesome !

Faryna
Faryna

Amber Lee is awesomeness.

WomeninHighGear
WomeninHighGear

RT %s: I'm super excited about today's %s. She's one incredible chick! %slqb

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

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?

TaraGeissinger1
TaraGeissinger1

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

jolynndeal
jolynndeal

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!

 

gingerconsult
gingerconsult

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.

bdorman264
bdorman264

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. 

rdopping
rdopping

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.

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

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

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

 @barrettrossie Shoot, Barrett, I'm in movies too often as it is! Ha! Brian is soo cool!.... Hey! Mabe Gini could play me! (Then I could get my hands on her shoes!!)

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

 @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!

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

 @JoeCardillo Very nice to make you acquaintance as well! I don't believe I have anyone in my world that uses the word "Rad"! Welcome!!

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

 @Ameena Falchetto Ameena! Isn't this just grand?! Not beyond John and your own comprehensions! Thank you, Ameena, for teaching me so much and being part of my life.

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

 @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!

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

 @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!

Samantha_S_Hall
Samantha_S_Hall

@PASmithjr Awesome! Yes, just saw it and the pic. Chllin like a villian by the pool I see. 'Luckyyyyy' (spoken like Napoleon Dynamite)

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

@barrettrossie  Umm, maybe not handy...but I'd be willing to bet they weren't made to be "handy"!! LOL, The Italians certainly have a gift for creating beauty with leather...

Besides! Some of my favorite things aren't handy at all! I have, at last count 9 pair of Gringos that will NEVER experience a stirrup- it doesn't make them any less loved!

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

 @HowieG  @ginidietrich  @rdopping Now. Howie. Careful there, dude.

Alaska should NOT be part of Canada (no offense to all my very worthy Canadian friends).

And our bacon is NOT round. (It's made properly.)

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