Part of the PLTA's mission is to educate the public in the safe and humane use of llamas as packing companions. The Packer's Primer was created to help aspiring llama packers become familiar with safe beginning packing techniques and to encourage those so trained to enter their beginner pack llamas in PLTA sanctioned pack trials. This is a hands-on workshop designed to enable participants to teach their llamas to safely negotiate obstacles usually encountered while llama packing, including those evaluated during pack trials.
People new to llamas or those that have never packed are often afraid to try packing with llamas on the trail. Primer offers guidance to get them off to a good start and will be taught by a PLTA approved instructor.