I will say that while I am not new to backpacking (been spending 20 - 30 nights out for the past 15 years), I have been guilty of carrying the kitchen sink. When you see my list, you'll shudder, but keep in mind, I have been shaving weight (which should scare you about what I used to carry...). I don't think I will ever get down to the 25 lb week long pack, but I would appreciate some advice on where to shave ounces - especially in the clothing arena.
I also don't think that all of my 'creature-comforts' are going to be so easy to get rid of - I have tried hammock/tarp routes, but I've found I just prefer a tent. Been researching the Stealth Quilt, and my only hesitation is that I'm a very cold sleeper - would be a great summer idea, but I dunno how well it would work in the shoulder season and winter.
I also understand that my camera choice is, well, not very light... however, I have sold three photographs from my trips at a local gallery - not for very much cash, but it is gratifying when someone buys them...
My 'big' trip this year is hiking in Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks - which includes a piece of gear that I normally would never bring, a bear canister. Unfortunately (well, fortunate if you are a bear, unfortunate if you have a wonky back), that's a requirement. I will also be leaving the boots behind on a few weekend trips before we go in August, to see if I can go with just trail shoes - I've broken my right ankle twice, and sprained it numerous times, so I like the security of a boot (that said, if anyone knows of a light boot that still provides bomber ankle support, I'm all for it). Alright, I'll shut up... let the horror begin...
Tent: MH Sprite 1 = 47 Oz
Bag: MM Pinnacle = 40 oz
Pad: Therma-rest Pro-Lite 4 = 16 oz
T-Shirts: Icebreaker Superfine Tech Lite (2) (Just splurged on 2 of these) = 8 oz (est.)
Pants: REI Endeavor Pants = 12 oz (est.)
Socks: Smartwool Hiking Light Crew (2) = 6 oz (est.)
Underwear: Ex Officio Boxer Briefs (2) = 6 oz (est.)
Jacket: Mont Bell Parka = 14.2 oz (also doubles as my pillow at night)
Hat: OR Sombriolet Hat = 4 oz (est)
Rain Shell: Marmot Precip = 13 oz
Boots: Asolo Powermatics = 27.7 oz
Hygiene Items = 6 oz (Purell, Toothbrush, Toothpaste)
Headlamp: BD Icon: 6.6 oz
Batteries: 0.6 oz
Canon 50D/Lens: 27 oz
Toliet Paper: 0.3 (est.)
BD Trail Back Poles: 20 oz
Nalgene Bottles (2): 12.4 oz
MSR Miniworks Filter: 14.6 oz
Plastic shovel: 0.4 oz
Tool: Leatherman Skeletool = 0.5 oz
Stove: JetBoil: 15.25 oz
Canisters (2) = 13 oz
BearVault = 41 oz
Utensils: Sea to Summit Airplane Grade Utensils: 0.3 Oz
Mug = Titanium mug = 3 oz
Trash Bag = 3 oz
Zip -loc bags = 2 oz
Backpack: Osprey Argon 85 = 79 oz.
I'm estimating about 5 lbs of food for 6 days, and at any given point, I'm carrying 4.4 lbs of water (2 liters)
This would make for a total of: 36.87 lbs on Day One.
I'll probably have a couple of other items thrown in there, so I would put it at 40-42 lbs for a realistic weight.