You really thought I was snarky? Hmm. I honestly don't feel that I was being snarky. Perhaps you are fair that I got defensive/sensitive towards the end, but I felt like I was getting attacked by like 3 or 4 different people and wanted to just do a good job defending myself. I honestly just wanted to gather information from the guy and give helpful feedback. He gave what I thought were kind of strange answers, like needing a machete in PA. I mean I lived in PA, I know a lot of the landscape, and that just does not make sense to me.
Ah, here you are on this end! Cool to see you, and thanks again for your input over there. Looks like the mods got rid of the thread. I went to check it today and it's gone. Oh well. I won't loose any sleep over it.
And yes I am an English major. Working on my masters and looking to continue on to Ph.D after that. :) And you?
Thanks for the feedback, makes me feel like I am not totally insane. I do see the trend is for more conservative type people, and that they value durablity over many other things, to the point of it being a burden sometimes. Oh well. I tried to present some advice and tried to be rational about it, but sometimes if people are set in their ways, there is nothing to be done about it.
I am very happy that I was able to get my 3 season kit from 23lbs to around 13-15lbs depending on what I am doing. My warm weather kit is 8-9lbs and I can't wait to test it out. All of that was made possible by challenging my hobby with some good questions like, "Do I really need this?" and "Could I replace this with something just as good/better that is lighter?" It takes an open mind, and willingness to admit that maybe the way I was doing things for many years was more difficult that it should have been.
But to each their own. At the end of the day, I don't care what people take with them. It's their backpack. My good friends that join me camping have no problems with the advice I give them, and have been very open and interested to hear more and more about lightweight and ultralightweight technique and thought. It's only strangers on the internet that are hostile/defensive about it for some odd reason...