Meet the Llamas

Apollo and Delilah: Our two newest llamas were born in May 2022. This picture shows Apollo at 4 days old, and Delilah behind him at 17 days old. Check out the size of Apollo’s ears! They won’t be joining us on the trail this year – they need a few years of growing first. But they can already run surprisingly fast!

Daisy, Trillium and Tully: These three cuties born in 2020 have been learning to pack this spring, going on longer and longer hikes, learning how to stay behind the person or llama in front of them, and cope with obstacles on the trail. They’re not carrying panniers yet.

Romie turns 4 in August. She started packing in 2021 and was prone to startle a bit at new things and sometimes didn’t like to stand still when loading.  She’s easy to approach and has a sweet, cooperative disposition on the trail. By the end of the season she handled 25 lbs per side. Her longest day was 21 miles. She enjoys carrots as a reward!

Stella is 4 years old, and in her first year packing in 2021, carried 25 lbs per side on all the hikes. She’s remarkably energetic, strong, and agile. She’s also smart: she figured out the ropes in minutes, practically playing jump rope.

She’s quite tolerant when children approach her, though she’s a bit skittish about putting on her halter.

Lola, daughter of Ilia, turned 5 this spring. She has been a particular pleasure to take on trips and to train. She is strong, easy to handle, with efficient movement, beautiful conformation, and superb endurance. She is fairly easy for strangers to approach and will tolerate a pat and a hug after a while (unlike most of the llamas here).

Physically she has the most ideal structure for packing that the author has worked with, which is why she has 2022 off for maternity leave: Delilah was born in May.

Lolo, son of Lilac, turned 5 this spring.

He is a sweet fella to work with. He took a long time to get used to mud puddles on the trail! He has a subordinate disposition and doesn’t get into any tiffs with the other boys.

Lolo is tall and slender and is becoming an excellent packer. He is nimble on his feet. He is quite hesitant to lead, usually needing a good leader ahead of him.

Dillon is a 6-year old gelding who has completed three seasons of packing with us. Dillon handles steep ground and rough trail easily, and he leads very well. He is easy to handle and has a nice, calm disposition. He is tolerant of meeting people and is quite curious.

Lilac, the daughter of Sybok and Ilia, turned 8 in December. She’s quite friendly, but a bit nervous around bouncy children. One unique trait: she likes to chase balls, and is faster than our Labrador Retriever, Pixie. Due to her exceptional strength, large size, and nimble feet, she started adulthood as a mother (of Lolo, Willow, Tully, and her newest, Apollo).

Lilac finally got a year with the pack string in 2021. She was excellent on the trail, demonstrating her strength when a cooler she was carrying got hung up on a branch of a downed tree. She proceeded to separate the cooler from its lid!

We’re looking forward to having her rejoin the pack string in 2023.

Llew is 12. He is very wary of bears out on the trail, and will alarm-call every encounter! Llew tries to be a dominant male, but loses all his fights.

Llew is an experienced and reliable packer. He has exceptional endurance and athleticism. He is easy to handle and leads well, and is not inclined to spit at people. He does sometimes have challenges figuring out which side of the tree to go on, which can be entertaining. For several years Llew served on a rental pack string. One of his assignments each year is the Pass-to-Pass group https://passtopass.org. Llew does well hiking with a variety of people. He maintains typical llama aloofness at all times.

Sybok is 12. He is part guanaco, which is the wild parent of the domestic llama, so he is exceedingly wary, intelligent, and athletic. It is like having a deer on a lead rope! He is a subordinate male who rarely gets into any arguments with the other males. He is very leery of new situations.

Sybok is reluctant to allow anyone to get close, which makes it a challenge to halter or unhalter him. He is very capable on the trail. He has never spit at anything, but is not easy to handle. Please move slowly around this guy. Attempting to pet this wary fella is a recipe for a tangled pack string.

Ilia, in the background in this picture, turned 12 this spring. She is an interesting girl. SHE SPITS!!! If you approach too quickly – SPIT. If you handle her babies – SPIT!

She is energetic, athletic and impatient, and will step on your heels if you aren’t going fast enough.

She is very protective of her babies, and she throws some really nice packers. Ilia has only had 3 seasons on the trail, she has had 8 years of maternity leave for her 4 cria: Lilac, Lola, Stella, and Trillium.

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