I'm a backpacking beginner. I've only camped before. I have three trips that I'd like my gear to handle:
1. Three-season Wisconsin weekend trips (monthly at most).
2. Five day hike in Hawaii in the rainy season.
3. Summer canoe trip into the Minnesota boundary waters (unknown length).
CAMO NX-250 (considering a z-liner, UQ, etc)
A synthetic 30° sleeping bag.
After figuring out my food/water/wardrobe, a pack of appropriate capacity.
I'm shooting for <36 lbs.