This is my little winter project. I bought a couple of standard burros that were rounded up near the Grand Canyon a few years back. I plan to use them as pack animals. I’ve been working with them on a regular basis. This afternoon I loaded up the panniers (3,500 cu inches each) with everything two guys would need for a multi-day trip to include a 12-man Kifaru tipi and a LG stove. Plus, I packed a few things I would not normally carry into the backcountry on my back like, waders, a camp chair, a cast iron skillet, a hammer, a hatchet, a solar shower, etc. Best of all...I still had room in the rear donkey's panniers for more creature comforts. I am going to make some top bags as well. I had 60 pounds on the front donkey and 40 on the back donkey. My goal is to not exceed 100 pounds each.
Sawtooth and I have some big plans for this summer. I look forward to posting some pix of our adventures. We created a “bucket list” of blue lines and high mountain lakes we want to explore. Having the burros will offer up a whole new experience.
What do you guys think of this idea?