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Fall 2017 Letter from the Editor

Ah, summer... “Those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer,” as Nat King Cole calls them. I’m currently scrambling to get this issue to the printer before I join the Hopeless Crew at the Leadville Trail 100 Run aid station at Hope Pass. It’s just the latest in a long line of mad scrambles for me this summer, but it sure made for an exhilarating couple of months. I have so much to report!

First of all, the North American Packgoat Association’s Rendezvous 2017 in Lake City, Colorado was quite an event! The setting was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and the people (and their goats) were wonderful! I learned so much! You’ll have the chance to learn more about goat packing, as well, because Nan Hassey, one of the organizers, is working on a story for the Winter issue about the Rendezvous’ service project.

Next, I’m thrilled to report that Clancy Clark, a man who has packed extensively with both llamas and goats (in addition to logging serious mileage as a backpacker), has volunteered to take over the Minimum Impact column from Bob Kennemer. You’ll learn a bit more about him on page 9, and his column will launch with the Winter issue. I’ve also been working on acquiring a few new columns: on knots, on public lands advocacy, and another on accessibility issues. The first Knots column is on page 17, and I’m hoping the other two will launch in the Winter issue.

Speaking of the Winter issue, the biggest news of all will be announced in its pages: the new name of this magazine! After thirty-two years as The Backcountry Llama, this publication will be renamed to reflect its current scope of content. I’m scrambling to get the new website, layout, and features finished before the end of the year, and I can’t wait to show it all to you!

I hope your summer as been as exciting, relaxing, exhausting, or productive as you wanted it to be. I’d love to hear about it! Drop me a line or come to the next Packers’ Lunch on Saturday, September 30th, and tell us all about it.

Happy Trails,
Alexa Metrick, Editor