Meet Jeff Pralle

Jeff Pralle Master Guide, OutfitterJeff Pralle

When I was asked to be a part of Xtreme Xpeditions Team. I immediately wondered who else would be part of the Xtreme Team.  I could not have chosen better companions than Andy Willis and Rod Krupicka. We have known each other more than 20 years. They are as tough, smart, and dedicated to making each clients trip a success as I have seen in my 3 decades in the guiding business. Honest, trustworthy, determined, calm in an emergency, safe pilots, conscientious, two of the best.

I decided to make outfitting and guiding my career when I was 17. I was packing a moose quarter out of this hellish swamp on the Edwards River south of Katalla, Alaska and watched the outfitter fly over in his Super Cub. The thought hit me and everything I have done since has been about being in the backcountry and guiding.

Growing up in Alaska in the family gold mine we spent May to October in the bush. We wintered just off the Iditarod Trail in Knik, near Wasilla,  home of the Iditarod trail sled dog race. Perfect for a kid whose heros were the mushers on the radio (we did not have electricity or TV). Correspondence study was school after the 6th grade. Training my sled dog team, shooting, and trapping were the important details of my life.

I went to work for an outfitter at 17 and started High Country Alaska in 1987. I was 23. At its peak High Country Alaska was helping to show remote Alaska to over 90 guests a year and employed 12 people. We were offering trips from Main Camp in the Alaska Range, a B & B, an air charter service, fishing charters on the Susitna and its tributaries, and snowmobile rentals from my home in Willow, to Iliamna and float trips in Wood-Tikchik State Park in Southwest Alaska.

Summarizing myself and my skills –

Backcountry adventurer, plain and simple if I am not on the trail or planning the next trip I am not a happy man. When it breaks I can fix it. Where there is an obstacle I will find a way over or around it. I see myself as a mountain hunter and long distance traveler. Stubborn and persistent I don’t give up or quit. The trail doesn’t disappear…who needs a trail anyway? The animals don’t turn into a puff of smoke and blow away on the wind. They are there. Just keep going onward and upward, keep your eyes open, and stay off the skyline!

Xtreme Biography

Name: Jeff Pralle

Web site: www.jeffpralle.com

eMail: jeff@sheepguide.com

Address: P.O. Box 1101 Talkeetna, Alaska 99676

Phone: 907-414-7545

About Jeff: Lived in Alaska 1975-2007, 2007 till 2011 Jeff wintered on the Continental Divide in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, Jeff moved back to Alaska full time in 2012.  He has worked as a gold miner, bush pilot, aircraft mechanic, trapper, commercial fisherman, sport fishing guide, whitewater guide, engineer on a yacht, carpenter, sled dog and horse trainer,  all in the off seasons when not working as a professional guide for hunting, eco, and adventure trips.

Experience: Professional Guide – Owner/ Operator High Country Alaska 1987-2010.

Jeff has guided wilderness trips using – bush planes, horses, whitewater rafts, skis, snowmobiles, backpacking, and sled dogs.  Guided hunts for  all Alaska species from Cold Bay to Yakutat to the Chandalar country in the Brooks Range, whitetails in Virginia, Desert Sheep in Arizona. The rugged Alaska Range south of Denali is still the country he considers home.

He has hunted for himself in Alaska, New Mexico, Idaho, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and South Africa.  He is a consummate outdoorsman proficient with a rifle and a bow, a student of ballistics, a complete gear head always looking for the best equipment to accomplish the mission.

A bush pilot and aircraft mechanic with more than 3000 hours Alaska time most in a Piper Super Cub working off-airport on unimproved strips.

Licenses: Alaska Master Guide, Commercial Pilot, A&P Mechanic, US Coast Guard Captain OUPV

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