Join us on our intro-to-llama-trekking program, Little Llamas! This introductory Llama course will get young backpackers paired up with the gentle giants from Redwood Llamas where they will learn to care for their furry friends who will in turn help carry the heavier camping gear and teach them how to safely travel in the backcountry. Little Llama trekkers will learn wilderness skills as they hike among the scenic valleys, open meadows and mountain-top vistas of the San Juan National Forest. Backpackers will spend two nights at a cozy base camp perched perfectly for fun day hikes and pack-free exploring. Backpacks, pads, sleeping bags (and llamas) will be provided for this adventure and will be used to teach proper packing techniques and fitting. Get your “Llama On” with the Little Llamas!
General Program Schedule:
Monday - Thursday: Double overnight starting Tuesday
*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.
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This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.
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All participants will receive Telluride Academy backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads while participating in this program! Gear will be used by instructors to teach proper packing techniques on the first day and will go home with students the night before their overnight backpacking trips. We ask that you bring an empty duffel bag on the morning of your overnights so your child's gear can be taken home easily at the end of the program.
Important Notes: Though llamas will carry most of the group gear, students will still be required to hike mild terrain carrying their personal belongings on their backs. Please pack a good rain jacket and pair of rain pants, as afternoon monsoons are likely this time of year. It also gets chilly at night, so warm layers are a necessity. Students will be camping at high elevation. We strongly recommend arriving to Telluride a few days early for any student prone to altitude sickness.