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Summer 2016 Letter from the Editor

Summer is here! I hope you all have a wonderful season planned. Our first camping trip of the season is this weekend, and I can’t wait!

This issue of The Backcountry Llama is a good one: we’ve added a new columnist, Bob Kennemer, to cover minimum impact camping and hiking. Luke Brown, Program Director at the Telluride Academy, gives us some advice for getting our kids to unplug from their devices and connect to nature. And, to pair with his advice, we have Charlie Hackbarth’s story about taking three young boys on a camping trip.

Our Gear Tip comes from the author of the SectionHiker.com website and details backpackers’ favorite water filter and treatment systems. We also have a great story from Lisa Balcomb about a trip into the Lizard Head Wilderness.

Finally, the llama packing community recently lost a wonderful member: Rudy Stauffer. His wife tells us a bit more about his amazing life on page 15.

Happy Trails,
Alexa Metrick

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