Quote Originally Posted by tgreening View Post

I'm all for weight reduction if you have to hump your stuff, but only to a point when it comes to comfort. I see it like this. If the load is a bit heavy I can always slow down or take a break. If I can't SLEEP, there is no slowing down, no break to take, no energy bar etc that is going to take the place of a nice solid X hours of good sleep.

It appears to me that all too often the ultra-light concept is more about bragging rights of the smallest pack weight than good sense.
In my 30+ years of backcountry travel and probably thousands of nights under the stars, this is one of the most profound things I've ever heard.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I had to lend a stove, hand an extra fleece, supplement a meal, etc. to an "ultralighter" who in my opinion, came unprepared and ended up cold, wet and hungry.
I'm no heavy packer, but I'm no gram weenie either.