Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself, name's Clay. I sort of stumbled upon this site while trying to get back into backpacking in lighter way. I got started back when most available packs were florescent orange and everything was big and heavy "1970's."
I wish I would have found this site, before buying my latest stuff, as I think I would have made some more informed decisions, but I'm still around ten pounds, without food and water - not counting camera gear- so all is not lost.
It's nice to see that gear has finally started getting lighter. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for all the good tips on lighter gear, even though I can already see this is going to cost me even more money, on things like a smaller, lighter pack, quilt, lighter pad. I tried the tarp bivy/bug bivy in years past and didn't get along with them much, as I live in the slickrock country of Northern Arizona/Southern Utah, so I probably won't save any weight there. I wish someone would make a sub 2lb freestanding tent, with siting up room, then I would be set. Cheers Clay.