Seminar will discuss packing with llamas |

Seminar will discuss packing with llamas

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Rudy Stauffer of Crystal Springs Llamas will offer a full day of llama packing instruction during a Llama Pack seminar on May 6 in Placerville. The clinic is limited to a small group and allows for “hands on” participation in learning to correctly, easily train a llama to pack. Equipment for basic to “deluxe” trekking is on display.

Stauffer has 24 years experience breeding llamas and training and packing with llamas. Over these years he has conducted numerous packing seminars for Gold Country Llama Association and the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and he has provided the U.S. Forest Service with llamas for annual trail maintenance. In 2005, he traveled to Austria, Germany and France to provide instruction to the latest llama enthusiasts. Llamas have become the hiking companions of European trekkers and are replacing dairy cows as a means of livelihood.

Participants in Stauffer’s seminars can learn enough about llama packing to get started immediately. He offers tips and advice that will save time and prevent wasted effort in training a llama to pack.

Many people are interested in hiking, but don’t like carrying a heavy backpack. Llamas offer the perfect solution. These sturdy pack animals leave minimal trace on trails. Unlike horses, no additional food needs to be packed for llamas.

The llama-packing clinic includes a full buffet lunch, beverages, a Llama Packing with Rudy booklet, a Mt. Lehman Llama’s Poisonous Plant booklet and enough information to get you started or to enhance your current packing knowledge.

For details or reservations call Rudy Stauffer at (530) 642-1120 or e-mail Visit the Web site at

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