Douglas, agreed it's better to sometimes fill in the blanks, or pretend they are there to be filled, which is probably an even better strategy. This certainly seems to be one such time, I agree. Not always necessary, notice how Joseph stated what he prefers, using, conveniently, the first person? Nice and clear there.
But just out of curiosity, so, when you go out, your main goal is not to be out in nature and to have a good experience? Really? Or are we just getting a bit carried away by the full moon and forum chitchat? But if so, what is your primary goal, I'm interested, I thought that was so broad and generic it would cover most possible activities one could engage in out there in nature while having a good experience, up to and including every style of backpacking people engage in. Or is this one of those times I should fill in the blanks? And good experience seemed to cover anything from reaching your mileage goals for the day to achieving some type of enlightenment while meditating under a tree or by a stream. I'm hard pressed to come up with a more generic way to put it. Unless we're just talking to talk, but that's boring, no? Now, I guess it is possible that primary goal actually could be to use ultralight gear as an end in itself, I suppose, I mean, I guess some people do that, but even then, they are out in nature, and having a good experience, even though it has to be mediated through some gear, no? Aldous Huxley did suggest that possible future in Brave New World, where people could only interact with nature if it was mediated by consumer products, so I guess that can be another thing. Oh, wait, no, I just thought of a case, sorry, you're right, some people might actually want a bad experience, and find going to nature is the best way to get that. That's possible, you're right, there are other options, just didn't seem very likely, but there are other ones. I stand corrected.
Too confusing for me, time to plan a new trip I think, where such issues don't tend to really come up, thankfully. Hmm, to bring camp shoes and incur the wrath of some, or to not? So difficult, lol. Time to shave a few more grams off stuff, I'll decide later.