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[pct-l] Supported Treks
>In a message dated 8/23/04 4:44:22 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
>>I am new to Seattle and was wondering if anyone knows of any supported
>>on the PCT?? I no longer can/want to carry all my gear. I prefer to do
>>treks in Washington or Oregon. Can anyone help? Thank You Carol
>Llama Lady, Hikes-with-Goats, where are you?
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Llamalady checking in. Just returned from my August section hike with 5
llamas who carried all our gear. That is the route I chose to go in 1997
when fibromyalgia (chronic and not treatable) made it too painful to
carry a pack. It takes patience and a love of animals to hike with pack
stock. It's a lot like hiking with very small children, except these
weigh 400 pounds. When they are acting up, you can't just pick them up
and remove them from the situation.
A quarter of all the llamas in the US live in Oregon. Maybe there are
commercial llama packers in Oregon or Washington who would support you
on the PCT. I don't know--I don't do anything commercial with my llamas.
I met hikers on the JMT this year who were hiking the whole JMT,
carrying small day packs, while the rest of their gear was carried on a
pack string that met them each night. I bet that costs megabucks.