I noticed the llamas seem like they have been shaved/sheared. How come? Does this make them cooler? It surprised me.
You are right. They get sheared each spring to help keep them cool
Next Question: How fast does llama hair grow? I'm thinking they'd want it at its shortest around now because it hottest around now. No?
There was a llama that elected early retirement a couple of years back because he did not complete the trip up. In what month did that happen? I mean how many folks expose their llamas to the climb like we do? Alan and Chrissy have to be the US experts as I doubt any other team is running a group up and down a mountain. Anything happening out west?
As a note, I refer to the stew we have at the top as "Slow llama stew" as it would seem to me there is no point in marching a quitting llama off to the great pastures of the Smoky Mountains. It would make more sense to let him finish in the kitchen! Did anyone actually see said llama descend? <Insert conspiracy theory here> Unfortunately I can't square it with the facts as I am a huge fan of Chrissy and I do not believe she would serve llama for dinner!
We get llamas from time to time that just aren't made for packing. These llamas along with the ones that are retired are all found good homes.
Feels like a high temp. oven when you step out the door! ha ya. Would like to be on the mountain (MtLeconte)!! YES
I have no idea about how llama hair grows, but if it is fast then I want to transplant some onto my head ! I have always loved the stoic and intense gaze of the llamas, and I have passed them several times on their ascents and descents to the Lodge never failing to be amused in seeing them. I was sitting at Grotto Falls one morning when they caught up with me and as they passed by I just had to appreciate their hardiness and the concentration in their eyes. Seeing them is one of my favorite parts of hiking on the mountain and being at the Lodge, and I am long overdue to be up there. October cannot get here soon enough. G'day and good hiking to all.
I would like to thank your staff. I took the Rainbow Fall's trail up to the Lodge. On Monday and was greeted with smiles. They pointed me to the water, help me get a t-shirt and answered all my questions. Some day I hope to stay at the lodge for a couple of days.
You will never for get it, if you do stay for a couple of nights, Eddie. Good luck. & HAGD
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