We tried ultralight (13 lb) backpacking for few years and it was nice but we eventually gravitated back to some gear we missed. We section-hiked the Applachain Trail and for a 3-5 day A.T. our pack weights were 35-45 lb. each. Now its 18-20 lb. We lost 10.5 lb just changing the tent, pack and sleeping bag. The other major reduction was stove and clothing. [We never compromise food or water.] I made a lot of our gear, i.e. tent for two - 31 oz., stuff sacks, pack covers, Pepsi can stove, sofsacks & etc. Bogey and I share gear. Bogey carries the stove and I carry 1st aid in the ditty bag.
OUR 4-day WARM WEATHER GEAR LIST
Granite Gear Vapor Trail pack -32 oz
Marmot Helium Sl Bag- 32 oz
SlimLite2* Tarp Tent- 31 oz
Dropcloth - 5 x 7 Typar - 5 oz
3/4 Z rest - 7 oz
Aqua Mira water Treatment - 2 oz
Marmot Precip Rain Jacket - 15 oz
HikinLite Custom Pack Cover - 2 oz
Pepsi can stove, kettle, fuel, soap, -- 16 oz
HikinLite* Ditty bag-personal items-10 oz
HikinLite* Food Bag- food, rope, cup spoon - 82 oz
Water 1.5 qt incl. Platypus Hydrator- 51 oz
Clothes in HikinLite* Sofsac/pillow 21 oz.
ADD 16 OZ FOR WINTER GEAR