I'm trying to cut weight (base 15.6 lb). My EE quilt is nice and light, but my pack and tent account for about a 1/3 of my total! I have a BA Seedhouse. Without a ground cloth, and having replaced the stakes for lighter ones, the tent weighs in at 38.4 ounces. As I'll be hiking solo (JMT) and sleep cold, I like the privacy, warmth, and bug protection my tent/fly provide, and I love the spaciousness of the Seedhouse.
Nonetheless... Can anyone suggest a lighter shelter set-up that might also provide some degree of privacy, insulation, and bug protection and does not require trekking poles? I don't hike with trekking poles, and it seems most tarps call for them. Is there an alternative for those of us who hike without trekking poles? Oh, and there won't always be trees around either...