I've always knew about lightweight backpacking, but I've always brushed it off as something that isn't for me. I've encountered BPL a few times, but I never extensively read around on the site until today.
I came upon here in search of a new backpack that apparently does not exist -- sacrifices will have to be made. I just realized a pack I was looking for does not exist (ie. ~3500 ci, under under 4.5 lbs, full, solid suspension, and comfortable padding). The closest pack I found to this criteria was the Arc'Teryx Naos 55 -- a pack I've eyed for over a year, but still well outside my price range.
Anyway, as I was saying, I stumbled upon here and discovered that the folks on this forum are by far some of the most knowledgeable outdoors enthusiasts I've had the pleasure of reading. The tips, tricks, recommendations, experiences, ideas, and advice I've read on this forum are far more advanced than anything I've encountered in my 3 short years of backpacking -- even more so than "expert" articles I've read.
I think I originally signed up on this forum today to ask a few questions; but now I'm more curious on what it's like to get into lightweight backpacking without taking things to the extreme.
I've found myself rebuilding my gear over the past month, as I've grown tired mostly of the bulk and difficult packing -- not necessarily the weight.
For now, I think I'll keep my 6lb bag and focus on minimizing my packed weight; but I would still like to enjoy the "traditional" forms of backpacking while keeping light. I still want to utilize my 3lb tent, and still pack the extra layers, and bring the extra pair of specialty shoes for secondary terrain.
In hopes of foreseeing futures problems, I'm curious to know what you all seem to think are common mistakes of people transitioning in to lightweight or UL backpacking that are reluctant to stray from "traditional" means of enjoying the hobby. Do any people like me ever truly achieve "lightweight" status; or is it more-or-less a game they play with themselves with minimal positive results?