Does your llama (and your barn floor) look like this after you brush her? Congratulations, you might have a Classic Llama! All that undercoat that came out is super soft, and will make a splendid yarn. Classic llamas rock because their coats keep them warm in the winter, cool in the summer. No shearing required, just a good brushing in the spring, and several more throughout the summer, and whenever you feel like it. Classic llamas shed some wool, but they need help from us to get the "old" undercoat out. What do they do in the wild? some people ask. (Soapbox warning!) THERE ARE NO WILD LLAMAS. They have been domesticated for thousands of years. They are what we have made them. And their wool needs to be either shorn off or brushed out. It's not healthy or "natural" to let the wool grow unchecked.
Waiting patiently at the trailhead.
That's the same llama, looking perfectly Regal on the left, and looking perfectly Goofy on the right, after a good spitting match. Spit apparently tastes yucky to llamas, since they have to air out their mouths after they're done.
One month old.
Five years old.
Happy Birthday, Rocky Mountain Jupiter!
Rocky Mountain High Spirits
Some retired llamas have it pretty good.
We have a bunch of show halters in various color combos. If you see something you like, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll sell it to you cheap.
Still feeling nostalgic, so here's a photo of the great Rocky Mountain Jester. He was also a super versatile llama: in addition to packing and winning grand championships, he pulled a cart.
Greyfeather, one of Inca's sons, was an outstanding packer. Born in 1992, he placed well in the show ring and excelled on the trail. He also was a 4H llama for several lucky kids. (He retired in 2012 due to a dental problem that made it hard for him to grind his food, and thus to keep weight on, especially when he is active all day keeping an eye on the girls)
Rory at the Estes Park Wool Market Llama Show, 2007
Greyfeather carries rolls of erosion control netting for the Forest Service.
In the Indian Peaks Wilderness
Inca's grandson,Greyfeather's son, Rocky Mountain Rory, does well in the show ring and on the trail.