I started at approach trail to Springer Mountain. This was my first break on a 13 mile hike. I was carrying 37 pounds for 5 days of hiking. The pack fit well and the large room inside allowed me to carry what I needed and where I needed. The padding and strap system made the pack extremely comfortable to wear. I will hike three times in 2011 on the AT and look forward to wearing my Coyote. TO keep me motivated, I have a picture of my pack in my office to remind me that life is full pack and a trail to follow!