Pretty big difference from what this guy was doing in the backcountry and what most people who visit this site do. in other words, most people here appear to be concerned with going light so that they can go farther and faster. You just dont see a lot of people talking here about peak bagging, and the one section for alpinism here, is minimal.
i mean, dont get me wrong. when i am going to in to hike only, then my base weight is like 5-8 pounds, depending on the season. i hike fast, and i try to hike as far as i can-- sometimes 30 miles a day. and doing ascents on those east side peaks requires gear, to varying degrees, depending on when you do it.
and hey, this guy was an alpinist-- you can see from the pic he had a rope, ice axe, etc. the modern equivalent would be going in the backcountry with the same stuff-- the climbing rope, harness, your rack, crampons, ice axe. As anyone who has engaged in such endeavours knows, the pack is more like 40-45 pounds after thats all been added. so, though times have changed, we have better and lighter materials in ropes, racks, axes, etc, the modern day equivalent is not a far cry from this guys base weight.
if your pack weighs that, and all your doing is hiking, then, like i said, the comparison is apples and oranges.
anyway, i love these east side guys-- there are still a lot of guys like him when you go over there, even today. god bless 'em.