Trek camel loading time
Seated camels wait patiently for their turn to be rubbed down,
de-prickled and loaded.
The photo on the right tells a story.
The back two camels are alreaded loaded as evidenced by the two
canvas bedrolls seen tied onto the saddles behind the middle two
heads. The next two camels are being prepared for loading. First
it is a rub down, just a quick one to flatten the wooly coat and
to remove any flotsam and jetsum, then a serious de-prickling to
remove any sticks and prickles that can lodge between the saddle
and the camel's skin. Note Phil Gee, the head cameleer on this trek.
He's overseeing the operation because all sorts of things can happen
here and he needs to have eyes in the back of his head.
In the sequence below, the blanket goes on, then the saddle, then
the gear, (four trek bags per saddle) and the swag or canvas bedroll
is tied onto the top of the saddle at the front. See the space for
a rider at the rear? That's where you'll be.
Photos - Tony Sheffield (2006)
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Some already loaded, de-prickling, camels waiting patiently and
Photo - Tony Sheffield (2006)