It's funny that the last time BPL interviewed me, I was carrying about five pounds of gear:
Now I have the longest and heaviest gear list on BPL! :D
Of course, when I go backpacking, I leave nearly all that gear in the car, and go back to my ultralight ways. Indeed, desert backpacking is ideal for going ultralight, aside from the water issues.
As I mentioned in the article, I love umbrellas for the heat. And I'm not the only one. Here are Nigerien kids playing with Euroschirm umbrellas as the sun sets: