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SE OREGON LLAMA PACKING

Advanced Llama Handling:
The Backcountry Experience

Instructors: Lisa Wolf & Anne Sheeter

A well trained llama can handle complex obstacles

Fee: $450 per person

Class Size: 4 - 8 individuals
Smaller classes and custom training are offered by special arrangement

Class Length: 3 days

Prerequisites:
  • Basic Llama Handing class or,
  • presentation of PLTA Basic Pack Llama certificate for your llama and consent of the instructor
  • Ability to easily hike five miles over rough terrain
  • You are not required to bring a llama. One from our herd will be assigned to you if you prefer.*
Class Description:
This class consists of field training designed to prepare you and your llama to successfully earn the Pack Llama Trial Association (PLTA) Advanced Pack Llama certification, as well as teach you the basics of llama packing. The first day will consist of an introduction to equipment and techniques. On the second day we will load our llama companions with tents, gear and food for a hike of up to five miles into a beautiful backcountry location where we will set up an overnight camp. Along the way you will learn how to negotiate the types of obstacles PLTA certified Advanced and Master Pack Llamas are expected to deal with.

Location: The Sheeter Ranch, outside Burns, Oregon
And on Steens Mtn or other nearby wildlands

*Please note that this course begins at our females ranch. Intact males over 2 years of age are not allowed on the premises. If you choose to bring an intact male or female for the backcountry portions of the course, be prepared to deal with other males or females in close proximity.

Your llama must capable of carrying a maximum load (assuming a fit llama) of 15% body weight for a three year-old and 25% body weight for a llama 4 years-old or older.

Class Schedule

DAY ONE
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meet At Sheeter Ranch
DAY TWO
8:00 am - overnight
Meet at Backcountry Trailhead
DAY THREE
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Return to Trailhead
End of Class
Morning
Introductions
Trip Planning: considerations and how to
Who Carries What: emergency gear and your llama pack
Gear Review, Weigh-in
Lunch at the Ranch
Tethering
Lunch boxes from Fran's Deli   (Provided)
Open forum on the morning's lessons
Afternoon
Distribution of weight
Load Panniers
Morning
Orientation and Safety
Basic Navigation
Trail Etiquette: Horses, Hikers, Dogs
Obstacle Training: water crossings, rubble, inclines
Lunch on the Trail
Afternoon
No Trace Camping with Llamas
Choosing a Campsite
Choosing a Tentsite
Evening
Set up Camp
Map Reading Lecture
Morning
Pack up Camp
Begin Hike out
Lunch on the Trail
Emergency First Aid for Llamas Lecture
Afternoon
Trail obstacle training
When to remove packs
Multiple person maneuvers
Stringing discussion
Return to Trailhead

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Last website update: 01JUN10
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