After the second backpacking trip of mine, where I was lugging around 70+ pounds of crap, (A lot of that was water, I'm not that crazy...) I've decided to get a smaller pack and attempt to cover more distance instead of bringing a ton of food and stuff. Like mark Jenkins! but really, I've just bought REI's new Pinnacle 50 pack, their first geared towards climbing. I'll be reviewing it once I get back from Australia and New Zealand. I did a little simulation pack when I got home and after giving up some luxury extra clothes and what not, found that it seems to fit everything I'd want to bring, including climbing gear!
But I still had rig the sleeping pad on the outside. That's where I am now.
I hat walking around with sleeping pads rigged to the outside of my pack. It's fokin annoying. I've tried it without a sleeping pad before, and it was definitely not as comfortable, but I think I'm willing to give one up for the sake of, feeling more one with the trail... Maybe it's just because mine's to big or something, but I'm asking YOU guys. Do you ever leave the pad at home?