STEP 1: Get a pack
STEP 2: Open it, insert heavy things like food, water, or misbehaving children.
STEP 3: Go hiking
STEP 4: Don’t quit
STEP 5: Return home, fill pack with slightly heavier things. Repeat, paying special attention to step 4.
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