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SE OREGON LLAMA PACKING

Backcountry Navigation I: LOSTPROOFING,
'How to get Around in the Back of Beyond'

Instructor: Lisa Wolf

Wandering in the vast Great Basin with a llama is incomparable

Fee: $450 per person

Class Size: 4 - 6 individuals
Smaller classes and custom training are offered by special arrangement

Class Length: 3 days

Prerequisites:
  • Basic Llama Handing class for your llama 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
  • At least some backpacking experience is recommended
  • You are not required to bring a llama. One of our herd will be assigned to you if you wish.*
Class Description:
Getting lost is no fun, yet we all do it. It is the degree to which we do it that makes the difference. Being momentarily misplaced in a parking lot has little ramification compared to a lengthy disorientation in the backcountry. In this class you will learn techniques applicable to any environment but truly indispensable in the trail-less expanses of the Great Basin. You will experience the effects of wide-angle vision, silence and expanded awareness on your ability to navigate through an unfamilar landscape.

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

*You are invited to bring your gelding or female llama to participate in the training process, however, this is a working ranch where our female herd is housed. Intact males over 2 years of age are not allowed on the premises. Those students not wishing to bring their own llama will be provided with one from our working herd to train with.

Plan to have your llama fit enough to participate fully. We limit maximum loads to 15% body weight for a three year-old llama and 25% body weight for a llama four years-old or older.

Class Schedule

DAY ONE
9:00 am - overnight
Meet at Backcountry Trailhead
DAY TWO
Base Camp
DAY THREE
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Return to Trailhead
End of Class
Morning
Introductions
Pannier 'how to': sort, load, & weigh gear
Trail Etiquette: Horses, Hikers, Dogs
Begin Hike
Lunch on the Trail
Afternoon
Awareness Training
No Trace Camping with Llamas
Campsites: Selecting your Home in the Wildlands
Morning
Map Interpretation Bracketing your location
Choosing safe routes
Self Relance
Emergency and Rescue
Raven's View Exercise
Lunch in the Field
Afternoon
Find Your Way back to Camp
Landmarks
Secrets of the Trail
Landscape Structure
Evening
Open forum on navigation technique
Morning
Pack up Camp
Begin Hike out
Reading the Landscape
Influencing factors
Lunch on the Trail
Afternoon
Fitting it all together
Feeling the flow
Return to Trailhead

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Last website update: 01JUN10
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