"I question many of the posters here because I have lurked here for a while and many here seem to be little more than Internet gearheads. Many of the posters here I dont believe could hack real backpacking and arent really interested in actually going out on the trail."
It seems like some strange form of OCD...cutting out EVERY ounce of weight, entering your "base weight" in MS Excel spreadsheets. Very odd indeed. I am glad I experienced backpacking a lot before ultra-lightweight backpacking becamse this marketing fad it is right now. Many seem to be obsessed with spreadsheets, cutting every ounce out and other oddness."
Gee, you get on an Internet forum with topics like "gear" and "gear list" and you're surprised at what you see? Hehehe-- DOH!
Of course there are a lot of people obsessed with getting the weight trimmed down to the minimum. The hiking equipment industry got out of control and there is a little reactionary over-swing and some evangelizing. It's a given for me that weighing and analyzing each item that I take on a hike is the only way to learn how to get it light-lighter-lightest. I found my limits of comfort and safety and I won't go where a lot of people have to get fantic-fringe pack weights. It is interesting and no doubt a hobby for many here.
If you make it past the first couple forums, you'll see all kinds of threads on trips and places to go and not nearly so nerdy.
As to hauling a 50 pound pack, I've done that and if I can get the same quality of food, hydration and shelter from a 20 pound load and enjoy the trip more, why in the world would I want to haul a bunch of junk I don't need? I see no gain (or manliness) in hauling an overbuilt pack, a sleeping bag made for -30F when I'm hiking in moderate temperatures, a shelter that take sup four times the resources needed, or wearing big heavy boots. If you don't buy into it, more power to ya, but you just walked into the Church of Lightness and told the faithful they are heathens! We say here, "thou shalt hike thy own hike."