Audrey was kind enough to drive us and our extra large backpacks to the trail head. Our packs contained 8 days of food. They were huge and pretty heavy. Alan’s pack was roughly 40 pounds and mine was around 35. We may have over-compensated with extra food due to practically running out of food the previous week. Our hike started with fully loaded packs going up 2700 feet UP Kearsarge Pass. We hiked on, it actually was not too bad. We had some good bakery items to eat on the way up as a distraction. It was slow and steady. We set up camp later that evening just below our next pass.