Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Lighten your load.(Special Section)

Byline: Melissa W. Sais For the Journal

Taos-area company has llamas tote supplies on wilderness adventures

A backcountry hike through the pristine wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is even sweeter with a sure-footed companion happy to carry all your gear.

While you soak up the scenery and pick the brain of director and head guide Stuart Wilde, Wild Earth Llama Adventures' critters bear the burden of your tent, supplies, kitchen and the makings of gourmet meals.

"We create a first-class wilderness experience that opens doors to talk about ecology, wilderness skills and demonstrations in making shelter, building a fire without matches and finding food," says Wilde, whose business is based in the Taos area. "The llamas are the vehicles by which I can facilitate these experiences for people."

Now in its 11th season, Wild Earth trips range from day hikes to five-night excursions. The "Take a Llama to Lunch!" day hike costs $79 for adults, $45 for children ages 6 to 12 and is free for children younger than 6. …

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