After looking over my gear list, I became dismayed that so much weight goes into shelter and food related items. For example, my bag, bivy, pad, and tarp are about 4 Lbs, and my bear can (Sierra rqm't), stove, fuel, utensils, and cleanup are also about 4 Lbs. That's nearly half my base weight right there!
I couldn't sleep last night thinking about this so I decided to take a midnight hike through the SF Presidio, GG Bridge, and Marin Headlands. 6 hours later, the sun was coming up from behind Berkeley and I had covered over 20 miles, a very nice clip.
And then it hit me. Why not do all my hiking at night, sleeping during the day? I can go much faster, and I don't need all that shelter and bedding! Of course I would need to carry more batteries or perhaps a solar charger, but that's nothing compared to the weight and volume I have been carrying.
But the best was yet to come. I don't need to carry nearly as much food. When you hike at night, everyone else is fast asleep. There's no trouble foraging - it's literally hanging from the trees!
So here we are on 4/1, contemplating what a wonderful summer this is going to be :)