PACKING IS IN
Llamas connected the vast Inca Empire of the rugged South American Andes. They connected the mines of the altiplano (12,000-16,000 feet of elevation) with the lower agricultural and population centers. Food and supplies up, and ore down; they always had a back haul. They didn’t just survive a tough environment, they thrived in it.
Built for the Trail
Soft, Padded Hoof
Quiet and Calm
Adapted To Wilderness
They have a soft, padded hoof which gives them superior traction and negligible impact on trails and vegetation over which they traverse. Their gait is evenly matched to that of the average hiker and their quiet demeanor and low-key disposition makes them safe and easy to handle.
These qualities offer wilderness users of all levels a pack animal that fits easily into their existing packing routine, preserves the aesthetics of their experience, and at the same time extends their range and comfort. Trail maintenance crews, fire fighters, photographers, fishermen, hunters, climbers and others requiring additional capacity find llamas to be an ideal solution.
Benefits of Llamas
Use of llamas as pack animals has a very low impact on the environment. For this reason, they are the pack animal of choice in sensitive ecosystems of alpine and desert environments.
Llamas are a huge asset in the backcountry in a wide range of applications. They are a superior assist animal for hunting, recreational packing, backcountry maintenance, private business, education, and military applications.
The llama's hoof is padded and has a large surface area compared to the animal's weight. This limits the cutting and loosening of soil that occurs with other stock. Trail degradation and erosion are significantly less because of this hoof structure. Because of their size and quite demeanor, llamas are easily transported to and from the trail head in a variety of vehicles (pickups with racks, vans, and trailers.)
The reduced fuel consumption and equipment required minimizes transportation impacts.