When I first started lightweight camping some 60 years ago, my rucksack before the days of titanium, nylon and goretex, weighed about 25 pounds in those pre-metric days. After many years of experience, experiment and expenditure my refined and modern pack now weighs about 11.25 kilograms. With increasing age, pack weight becomes of crucial importance and the critical balance between carrying enough for safety without carrying too much and thereby creating a hazard becomes a dilemma. By joining this forum, I hope to learn some tips for lightening the load while remaining safe on trips of several days in the Pyrenees and British Isles, mainly in Spring/Summer/Autumn. My current preoccupation is whether to swop the 2kg tent for a tarp+bivvy bag+mosquito net.