markskor wrote:If you like and can get by with a scant 9 pounds...more power to you.
If you haul the kitchen sink along, and are happy with weight of 60+ pounds - I am OK with that too. Some here are smaller in stature - maybe weigh 120 pounds, others like me are well over 200...both needing different sized packs. Some like to fish, others practice great photography, some go off trail and high, and still others prefer to do the long trail mile days...all good strategies...all different . Some rely on freeze dried food (Ugh!), just adding water to pre-packaged pouches; others like to eat well and cook real food including fish...thus different stoves/pots required. Some go solo...self-contained, while others share gear weight among a group.
Agreed. If i go early season, i probably bring a tent to escape the skeeters. if i go late summer, i take my chances with the tarp strategy. I always bring lots of extra clothes as i dont like to be cold when i fish. I always bring more and cull based on conditions. I'f i go where i can have a fire, that drops my fuel load and the frying pan for the fish. I'm comfortable with my current pack weight, given how i expect the trip to go.
Appreciate all the input. I learned alot.