Welcome to Pack Animal Magazine

We here at Pack Animal are passionate about our quadruped hiking companions. They willingly haul our gear so we can hike further, stay longer, and forgo counting ounces. They enable all sorts of people to get out, from families with small children, to folks with bad backs, to hobbyists with cumbersome equipment. And because of their size and disposition, many of these alternative pack animals can be leased by hikers with only a basic familiarity of animal husbandry.


Pack Animal Magazine tells the stories of people exploring the great outdoors with llamas, goats, donkeys, yaks... and any number of other animals that will happily follow you up the trail while hauling all your stuff. But a pack animal is a means to an end, albeit a companionable one, so we also print stories that matter to the hiker, the fly angler, the conservationist, the hunter, the climber, the plein air painter, the nature photographer, the mountain biker, the backcountry skier, the trail maintenance crew member—basically, anyone who values our public land. Every issue contains regular columns about navigation skills, public land advocacy, and minimum impact camping.


But that is no longer enough for an outdoor magazine. If we have any chance of preserving our public lands for future generations, or even our own future adventures, we need people from all of the outdoor user groups to join together and speak up. In the coming year, Pack Animal will be adding an accessibility columnist and a millennial columnist to our regular lineup. We would also like to recruit both a person of color and a person of Native American descent to the conversation and we are looking for other productive and meaningful ways to defend our public land. Please contact the editor at alexa@packanimalmagazine.com if you would like to get involved in any way.


Speak Up Against the Pack Llama Ban in Alaska

January 26, 2018


Message from ILR:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has banned the use of pack llamas in Alaska's Eastern Interior Resource Management Area (EI-RMA). Some Alaska National Park Service (NPS) management units attempted this 3 years ago. When we asked for your help so many of you commented that the NPS pack llama ban was withdrawn. Once again, your help is needed.