Our oldest son adjusts his dads pack and gets the weight balanced. They spend oodles of money on packs, sleeping bags, boots, and freeze dried food.
This is the original crew and then they added the neighbors. Now that I think about it, it's not that different from a quilt retreat. Don't we spend all kinds of money on the perfect fabric, sewing machines, pack the car to the gills, gather as many friends as possible, etc. etc.? We just prefer to be a lot more comfortable!