Rob has a PhD in biological science and and decades of experience in the woods, on trail and in camp. He has an extensive knowledge of the Olympic and Cascade Ecosystem. He also has training in safety, including NOLS Wilderness First Aid and is a permitted fishing guide in the areas we outfit. When not guiding the wilderness, Rob works in higher education as a professor of biology.
Our wranglers and have at least a decade of experience handling llamas. are Red Cross CPR and first aid certified, and have Wilderness Survival and Food Handling certification. Wranglers provide assistance to clients, guides and llamas alike.
Generally four to seven of our purpose bread ccara pack llamas accompany the trip. All our llamas are hard working and level headed females who enjoy hiking the wilderness and taking it all in. Llamas have unique personalities (just like humans), some bios can be found below.
'Iska' is big, confident social lleader and keeps everyone in harmony. She often "hums' while hiking. Her spotted best friend, "BB"'s brainyness and work ethic often earn her the honor of leading the train up trail.
'Dom' always has her eye out for surprises and has most powerful set of legs on the team. Her BFF, 'Yala' is smaller but very athletic, agreeable and good natured. 'Yala also loves eating apples and watermelon skins. She has perfected grazing while reclined.
Young Leeta is the total package: a snappy dresser, world class athlete and Instagram starlet (@leeta.the.llama). She enjoys learning from the older llamas, good food and mentoring young llamas
Spunky and very confident Ruthie and Observant Doris are the little sisters of Dom and Leeta. They were born in mid 2019 and until 2021+ their job is to frolic around, grow big and strong and occasionally learn from their elders and maybe even the humans.
Some of our best packers were born in the NW but grew strong in Montana. Rumor has it this female wants to work for NLA, is a solid packer AND a great mom expecting a newborn. If all works out, she and baby will join us in June. If so, she'll be on maternity leave in summer 2020.