Ok. Got it now.
The first night, Friday, we assembled at a country church camp, to spread out our winter gear and sleep. We reassessed our heavy 24 hour packs, knowing shovels, snow probes and snow travel gear, along with high tec beacons would add to the weight.
Thank goodness I've been working out. Thighs were burning as we did maneuvers in waist deep snow, post holing at times. I can only blame it on the 30 pounds of food, water and gear that maxed out our systems.