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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 careful supervision.
Photo - Tony Sheffield (2006)

 

 

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