At the end of the summer, 2004, my wife and I decided to do some overnighters starting in the spring of 2005. Like I usually do, I dove into the thought of packing and started searching the web and frequenting REI asking a ton of questions. Knowing that I would have several months to prepare I have taken my time before buying gear. I thought that I was going to have a light pack, but to my surprise my total weight was just over 29lbs... I'm thinking thats light compared to my Marine Corps Pack...44-48Lbs(roughly). While surfing I started seeing light and ultralight packing sites that had gear lists of 10Lbs and under... So for the past couple of months and a few charges on my credit card I have knocked 12Lbs off and am sitting at just above 17Lbs...
As the "New Guy" I hope to pick-up some more advice and I'm sure that after I get some trips under my belt I will toss a few more pounds... I did remember that on an Eco-Challange one of the teams cut excess straps and tags from their gear, soooooo I started cutting. I was amazed that all those little pieces of plastic and fabric weighed so much, @15 5/8oz.
Anyway, I thought some one would get a Laugh at what I thought was Lightweight a couple of months ago,LOL!