How difficult are the trips?
Most are Moderate to Very Strenuous. Only the Lewis River trip (usually in May) is easy. Each trip in the calendar will have a difficulty rating, and we target “what a fit 70-yr-old former backpacker” would say. Most of our trails are pretty difficult in the mountains. There is usually a lot of elevation gain or loss. The areas we go into can require over 2000 feet of elevation gain in a day. Typical day of hiking is 5 to 7 miles on pretty tough trails.
What is included?
All trips include meals, starting with lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. Also included is packing of your personal gear, limit 25 to 30 lb depending on trip. We bring the water filters, coffee, cooking gear, cups, sporks, plates (except Goat Rocks), and some herbal tea. We bring a well-supplied first aid kit, and a kit for burying human waste that includes toilet paper and hand wipes. We bring lightweight camp chairs for everyone, and a kitchen tarp for inclement weather. Camping gear (tent, pad, sleeping bag) is available for $22/night if you choose.
What is not included? (items below are suggested for comfort)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal water container
- Rain gear or warm clothing
- Personal medications
- Sun screen
- Insect repellent
- Trekking poles
Why do you use llamas?
Safety and confidence are the two main reasons. They are unlikely to injure a handler or client. Other advantages include sure-footedness, calmness on the trail (compared to horses), low-impact on the trails, ease of training (pretty smart cookies, usually), and good health.
How much can they carry?
Typically we’ll put 60 to 65 lb of gear on each llama. Difficulty & length of travel, heat and conditioning all affect how much they can carry. They are not well-adapted to hot weather. Hot days will necessitate early mornings.
Do Llamas spit?
Yes, they all know how to do that. Well-trained llamas do not intentionally spit at people unless extremely upset, but cross-fire happens. So far, we haven’t had a client get spit on yet. Who will be first??
What’s the difference between a llama and an alpaca?
|100 – 150 lb||300 – 400 lb|
|Has a soft coat||Carries a switchblade in coat|
|Listens to voice commands||Listens to Death Metal bands|
|Travels in groups||Travels in gangs|
|Usually even tempered||Usually has a temper|
|Can’t carry a tune||Will carry heavy loads over rugged terrain, they are nimble & tough|