OK, I am going to put this out there, knowing that this kinda stuff has generated some heat on the site . . .
I am preparing for my second elk bowhunt in Colorado's backcountry. Last hunt we never camped off the road, but this year we are backpacking into the sticks.
I am working on a gear list and am planning on upgrading some gear, both to drop weight and to increase comfort. I am a backpacker, but not avid, and a DIY-er. My bivy is a homemade tarptent, and I'm also considering some other homemade gear changes to lighten my load.
I'd appreciate some advice from others on the site who have done similar hunts. The #1 reason that I am here is that I have been looking into a new backpack that will handle hauling meat and am appalled that many weight 7+ lbs. Yes, I have read the thread on the Kirafu 5200 . . . And, I have also read the critique of the altered Badlands 2200 . . . and I am still posting, consider me a glutten for punishment or merely a really inquiring mind that is convinced that many on this site have something valued to contribute, hunters or not!
I am hoping to open this discussion up carte blanc, those of you who wish to contribute productively, please do, and please make sure that your buddies who do similar hunts know that this is here. If you just wanna gripe, it is a free country, but I am putting this on the Other Activities Forum . . . But, I do hope that this thread will be grounded in the spirit of backpacking light; how do I come up with an appropriate assemblage of gear that will be as light in weight as possible and still meet all of my needs, including hauling meat should I (or a hunting partner) be successful. Thanks.