Originally Posted by Big Foot
Pretty much everything neni said. Your biggest enemy with backpacking is weight. Leave anything you don't absolutely need behind. Even 1lb of extra weight will make a big difference when hiking in 6+ miles.
Dunno man. I carry tons of shit all the time and hike in the mtns a lot. I almost always have 25-30 lbs on my back. I also always take my .45 long colt Revolver in case animals get crazy. Had a moose that was trying to get frisky last week, I was ready to put a cap in his ass.... I worry way more about moose and mtn lions than bear..... Magnesium stick, compass, extra water(usually 3 liters), extra food, extra layer, first aid, camera, whistle, and other random shit..... Going light with minimal stuff is all good until one of your crew gets hurt 10 miles into a 22 mile round trip day hike.....