Pack Animal Magazine

LLAMA PACKING

Berserk Llama Stew
LLAMA PACKING

Berserk Llama Stew

by Alexa Metrick, Editor (Fall 2013)

This bad behavior has been called Berserk Male Syndrome (which was how that stew got its name), as if a hereditary switch was flipped in a seemingly normal animal and his hormones drove him insane. This is simply not true. The animal’s actions are a result of poor handling when young, combined with the onset of adulthood. By calling it “Berserk Male Syndrome,” we are transferring the responsibility of the behavior from the owner to the llama. The truth is, improper human handling creates these dangerous animals.

The 2011 Pack Llama Festival
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The 2011 Pack Llama Festival

by Alexa Metrick and Charlie Hackbarth (October 2011)

[In September of 2011], eighty-three llama packing enthusiasts gathered in beautiful Silverton, Colorado to talk shop. Because all of the participants were so willing to share ideas and knowledge, we were able to make real progress toward re-defining the sport of llama packing.

Training Tip: It's Never The Llama's Fault
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Training Tip: It's Never The Llama's Fault

by Wes Holmquist of the Llama Connection (Spring 2013)

I don’t know how many times I have had a llama start to tug on his lead or stop, and I have started thinking “why is this llama getting stubborn?” Then I check things over, and find the saddle turning on him or something in his load gouging him. Then I realize (again) that it wasn’t the llama, but the dummy leading him/her who was wrong.

Magic On The Trail
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Magic On The Trail

by Greg Harford of Potato Ranch Llama Packers (Spring 2013)

In our brief conversations with hikers, a few would mention “Trail Magic,” freshly cooked meals provided by strangers where a dirt road would intersect the PCT... Having complete strangers set up a food rest stop makes quite an impression.

Losing A Llama In A Parking Lot
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Losing A Llama In A Parking Lot

by Janet Boyhan (Spring 2013)

Once again, it happened in a parking lot. Tom and I joke that we only get lost in parking lots. We’ve trekked our llamas through countless wildernesses for very extended periods of time and never get lost. In parking lots, we get lost. Many people know this about us; it’s old news. But on this day, it was our llama.

Training Tip: Water Crossings
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Training Tip: Water Crossings

by Cody Bish of Rocky Mountain Llamas (Summer 2013)

Every pack llama should be able to negotiate a stream crossing. It’s one of the first things we teach our young packers when we take them to the hills.

Encounters On The Trail
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Encounters On The Trail

by Duane Ackerman (Summer 2013)

In 1994, my wife Carolyn and I rented two llamas and completed a seven-day pack trip into the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Within two months of completing the trip, we purchased our first two llamas—untrained two year olds—then started a huge learning process for all of us... Encounters on the trail are unavoidable.