Thanks for the detailed reply @CEB
. Most of my gear is from the setup I settled on when I first started camping. I think I got lucky in that what I started out with just worked really well for me, so I've been afraid to change it, but honestly it's pretty heavy and I'll need to change to be able to do longer or more solo trips. This will have to happen over time because it's pretty expensive.
Itís hard to get your weight down until you start looking at everything in your bag as each weighing something so that you can decide about what youíre willing to go without (the easiest and cheapest way to reduce weight) or where itís worth spending money on buying something that is lighter. Alot of backpackers buy a little scale and use Lighterpack.com . Itís a bit of work getting everything in the first time, but definitely eye opening.
I've started this for the smaller items, need to find one of those hanging luggage scales to weigh the bigger ones.
It was ~$1000/pd so not going to happen.
This is an interesting way to look at it.
Also, ultralight items are usually more fragile so you have to think about how that works for you.
This is one of my main fears - spending a lot of money and then having it tear quickly.
one more thing to my lengthy post: body weight matter too, if thereís any weight to lose than that counts for a lot as well- youíre still dragging it all up the mountain.
For some reason this only dawned on me a few months ago - I'm looking at max 5lbs, but it seems like the cheapest way to shed that weight
. I plan to try to drop to that before my next long hike.