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Camel string heading out for the Denison Range on Day 2

This photo demonstrates the complexities of operating a camel string.

Note the use of a nose line on the lead camel. Nose lines are a considered compromise when working with camels. There are alternatives but they essentially provide the same thing, stability.

A trusting and respectful relationship with any camel is imperative but there are times when trust may not be enough. e.g. when the only option is to move forward in difficult terrain. In this situation a nose line can make a substantial difference.

The first 30 mins of every morning is walking time. This allows the camels to relax into the day's routine and provides a margin of safety that ensures your comfort and safety when you mount your riding camel for the day.

Notice the third camel back in the string ... his name is Mootloo and this is his second time only in the working string. He is pulling back hard on the camel in front of him as a mild rebellion to this new demand being placed on him. Within a day or two he relaxed into the work asked of him and the camel in front undoubtedly became greatly relieved.

Notice also the fantastic outback scenery. In the distant background is the Davenport Range and behind the photographer is the Denison Range.


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Leading a camel string
Camel string - Denison Ranges
Photo - Tony Sheffield (2006)



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