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The Devil Wears Sitka

The Devil Wears Sitka

By: Glenda Groat Many girls identify with the popular movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” which tells the story of a small town girl who lands her dream job working for a socialite magazine editor in New York City. The ill-prepared girl quickly finds out she’s in over her head and her boss is the devil disguised in Prada. My story is a little different, that office is a mountaintop in the Northwest Territories or a tree stand in Saskatchewan, and my fashion doubles as practical gear. But I was that naive girl starting out that felt like I was in over my head a little at times. I was ill-prepared to say the least and some days what started as a fun hunting trip turned into more a survival mission. As a guide in this industry, you are out with Mother Nature, whatever she may bring, which we all know isn’t always friendly. When I was starting out I didn’t want to spend a fortune on brand name gear and the latest and greatest stuff, instead I chose to make do with what I had. I hunted sheep in cowboy boots and pearl snap shirts and I had the original Helly Hansen rubberized rain gear, you know, the good stuff.  Though these pieces of clothing may all be awesome in their own regard, I was not feeling their awesomeness on a seven-hour trail ride in the freezing rain, or when that mid-August snowstorm hit in the Yukon. Plus, my optics, well that’s another story; I sported my father’s 30-year-old Bausch & Lomb spotting scope from when he was guiding...