In Chisana, Alaska, site of the last historic gold rush and once named the largest log-cabin settlement in Alaska, 90-year-old Pioneer Outfitters depends on air travel to survive.
In September 2013, our only hope for extended survival, Cubby, was destroyed in a fire that left us stranded deep in the Alaskan wilderness inside the Wrangell Mountains. It was the worst kind of blow our extended family has had to endure.
We are now dependent on twice weekly deliveries of food, clothing, mail, fuel, feed, and more at $.40 per pound.
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.
This campaign, Stand for the Man In Black, is to raise funds to replace our airplane. We seek $250,000 to replace the plane lost to fire for the following:
· 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.
· Rescue of trapped hikers and injured hunters, broken-down snowmobiles, or others stranded in the Alaska wilderness we live in.
· Medical evacuation for anyone in need of physicians who are only accessible by air.
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.
My name is Amber-Lee Dibble. I have worked for Terry Overly and Pioneer Outfitters for over 20 years. I am a United States Navy Veteran and a Professional Alaska Guide.
Terry is one of the kindest, most generous men I have ever known. I am proud to Stand for the Man in Black and to call him my Boss, mentor and friend. He has been like a father to me and is Grandfather to my children, for more than half my life and all of theirs.
Terry is a selfless, gentle man who puts others first always. My goal is to rebuild and fulfill a very special dream.
Stand for the Man in Black is incredibly important, and I need your help.
I believe in you. The friendships I have been offered, helping hands, the wisdom and advice, your guidance, the beautiful kindness across the world have been bestowed since I started my social media journey in 2010.
You’ve touched my heart and changed me. That’s why I need your help to make this dream come true