went backpacking with some new friends weekend before last, at point reyes... 14.8 lb pack, with all the goodies (i sleep in a tent, gotta have a pad) and alot of extras...dslr camera w/ 200mm lens, tripod, ipod and speaker 16oz of johnny walker blue label (I enjoy camping :)
friends had the traditional setup, as did everyone else out there... I passed by a group of 3 on an up hill, they had HUGE packs! but what killed me was the guy in the back, was carrying a gallon of crystal geyser water in his hand and two cans of Campbell's chunky soup in his side pouches... later thought about that... gallon h2o= 8lbs, 16.8oz can of soup x2= 2lb 1.6oz... 10lb1.6 just right there! they made it to camp about 3.5 later, looking half dead...my friends were already passed out from the hike and a few nips of scotch, i was out hiking around taking pictures (pack still on, LOL)the guy who was in the back saw me and asked if I was staying the night, he was surprised to see me camping at this remote spot, with what looked like a day pack... so I walked over to their camp took my pack off, showed them what I had, they where shocked! and yes I'll be honest it felt great ;) i broke down the weight of the water and soup, told them my pack weight, and dropped some Ideas and URL's ;) HYOH, but I say enjoy your day off too!