Huh, I don't know what you guys are quibling about. I've watched enough Bear Grylls to know that you don't really even need a backpack to go backpacking. Instead of reading a book, you spend your spare time building shelter, fire, and finding food. And I'll bet he has more 'bag nights' (minus the bag) than even TiPi. However, I will point that Bear rarely appears to be enjoying himself.
I like it all. I like camping, as long as it's somewhere remote and away from other people. I like zero days. I like challenging hikes where you get to camp, eat and fall into bed. I like long winter nights where there is plenty of time to read a book. I like long summer days where there is enough daylight to stop and enjoy a soak in a cool lake, or have a mid-day siesta out of the heat of the sun. Sometimes, I like to just sit and contemplate the wilderness. I like to botanise, listen to birds, hunt for cool mushrooms to photograph. These things are best done at a slower pace and in fine weather. If the weather is terrible, I like to get to somewhere I can set up a tent and take shelter as fast as I can. I certainly don't care what others call my activities. They can call me a lightweight (though not UL) backpacker, call me a camper, call me a dawdler, call me a superfluous Kindle carrier, or whatever. I also like day hikes, where I still carry a backpack, it just has less weight in it. I do what I enjoy, and mostly enjoy what I do, and that is absolutely all that matters. Honestly, the move to a lighter pack has made no difference to how far or fast I hike. It makes no difference to the number of bag nights I score. It just makes my pack more comfortable, which enhances my outdoor experience no matter what mode I am hiking in. I don't know why TiPi likes to hang out on this board, but if he really feels that lightening his load would not in any way enhance his outdoor experience, then just ignore him. I'm sure there are plenty of guys left in this pursuit who like their perceived machismo of carrying very heavy loads. Makes them feel like a real man or something maybe. If that's what enhances their outdoor experience (feeling manly) then I have no problem with that. However, it is not the kind of bravado that would impress this chick, as I prefer a guy with brains AND brawn, not just brawn, so carrying 8 books when one e-reader would do the job for much less weight would just seem dumb to me, and I would snicker behind that guys back at how dumb he is. There are much lighter sources of fire-lighting than books!