I thought it might help me to put down on "paper" what it is exactly that I hope to achieve by lightening my load.
Through years of backpacking & hiking in the Olympic Mountains, I fondly remember quite a few things. In fact, even the rough parts I hold dear to me, as they never failed to teach me an important lesson of the wilderness. However, the things that stand out most to me are the solitude, the beauty, and most of all the freedom. Nowhere has this stood out more than dayhikes and side trips on rest days. It seems clear to me now that this intense feeling of freedom (aside from location, beauty and solitude) comes from how little I carried when I was there.
Aside from the physical benefits of hiking light, there is something about leaving civilizations and all it's distractions behind. Instead of ignoring nature, you are forced to comply with it, to weave yourself into it.
I suppose we all feel similar to this. This, at least in part, is why a lot of us end up seeking a lighter, simpler way to see more and stay out longer. Considering all this, I hope to soon realize base pack weights in the UL and even SUL catagories. But it will all depend on where I find my comfort and balance between nature and my equipment.
First things first though, I need a scale to weigh my existing equipment. Any suggestions?