1) Consider lightening up a bunch - when I'm out with 20lbs on I don't even think about
this technique - but 300 has the steps down pat.

2) If it's a lot heavier than 40 lbs. be sure not to fall like a turtle once it's on there (remembering embarassing turtle episode with a quarter of moose on back <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> )
Any fool can be uncomfortable...
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