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 their nights at a cozy base camp perched perfectly for fun day hikes and pack-free exploring. Backpacks, sleeping 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!
*All participants will receive Telluride Academy backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads while participating in this program! We ask that you bring your child’s belongings in a duffle bag on the first morning so instructors can help students properly pack their provided backpacks.
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.
Monday: Meet and greet. Hit the road to Silverton and camp!
Tuesday: Pack up the panniers and hit the trail with our llama friends. Set up basecamp and spend the night under the stars!
Wednesday: Day hikes and llama adventures.
Thursday: Pack up camp and head out! Celebration lunch on the way home.