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Fall 2016 Letter from the Editor

My family managed to get out quite a bit this season, and we ended the summer on a high note, borrowing four pack llamas from John Myers (of Llamas Colorado) for a trip into the Mount Massive Wilderness outside of Leadville, Colorado. Our girls (ages 3.5 years and 10 months) did a great job, both on the trail and in camp, but Craig and I were happy to have Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle along with us—getting out with small children is a lot of work!


Cathy Mitkovska writes about getting out with her toddler in this issue’s cover story, and she offers some great tips on how to make it easier—for both you and your little ones.

This issue also contains a great story by Dr. Jeff Stutts about a creative solution to the scarcity of good pack animals, Kennemer’s Leave No Trace column on backcountry campfires, and an article by Richard Galloway (of Llama Hardware) on the difference between the terms backcountry and frontcountry.

Also in this issue is Phil Romig’s column on using your smartphone as a GPS, inspired by an encounter he had on the trail with a BCL reader, and a story by Diane Orr McCammon with the newbies’ impressions of their first llama pack trip.

Our Outfitter Profile comes all the way from Australia, and the issue ends with Gary Carlton’s farewell message after his final year running the Fairplay Llama Race. It’s definitely an issue jam-packed with entertaining and informative articles!

It was a great (albeit exhausting) summer for us, and I’m looking forward to enjoying a slower pace as we head into the cooler months. Let me know what you’ve been up to this season—email me at alexa@thebackcountryllama.com with your stories and photos—and make the most of the colder weather of autumn! We’ll see you again in December!

Happy Trails, Alexa Metrick

Happy Trails,
Alexa Metrick