This DOES help, thank you!
Carrying a weighted backpack is a good call. This is something I’ve thought about doing in the past, but never seem to get around to it, partially because I feel silly carrying a full pack around the SAMO mountains. But, that being said, during the times in which I’m NOT backpacking much, I feel the pack that much more when I actually do get the chance to get out.
I’ve seen you mention the Trans-Catalina trail, sounds amazing and worth checking out soon.