This thread is fascinating.
I didn't think anyone was bashing anyone, and if that's what you come away with then jeez.....
This site has been awesome in helping me go from a 40+ pound pack to a nice, trim 9 pound base...on my last trip, when everyone else dropped their packs to rest, I never even bothered. Didn't need to take it off to "rest." I never, ever thought that would have been possible.
But why is it so against the philosophy that I like to bring a book to read in my awesome cuben shelter before I fall asleep?? Obviously I was terribly mistaken if I thought the purpose of the site was to help people cut their pack weight so they can enjoy their hiking more. Is there something wrong with enjoying the outdoors in ways that are meaningful to me? Some days I feel like cranking out mileage, others I'm looking for a physical and mental break and just want to lounge about amidst beautiful smells and scenery...
If the ONLY way to hike is with a sub 4-pound load, sleeping under a log and eating dried berries...then hiking 37 miles before I'm allowed to stop...then you're right. I'm no BPLer. And in that case I don't want to be.
Who knew hiking was a competition??