Originally Posted by Plecoptera
I was/am a backpacker, thousands of miles, never carried a dutch oven. Our interpretations of traveling lite obviously differ.
Don't know if it's intentional, but the one photo of the dog looks like ZZ Top.
Dog photo was intentional! nice catch.
Actually you would be surprised, we are on the same page, just using different terminology. We do a lot of 1 raft "light" trips. Light in this case is someplace between backpacking style and full on kitchen sink raft trips. There is definitely a spectrum on "light" scale.
We also do a lot of kayak self support, which we call "backpack style" where it is essentially the same gear as we would take on a long distance backpack trip (for going pads and sleeping on our inflatable kayaks, freeze dried food, 1 burner ultra light stoves, etc.). There is also a pretty large spectrum in what backpackers consider as "light" too.
I think doing all the kayak self support has really helped in doing "lighter" rafting trips, where we aren't going backpack style, but are parred way down compared to a conventional trip. Once you have done a lot of backpack style boat trips a few extra items make it seam like you are livin the pimp life! Even though you might have 1/2 the weight of a conventional raft trip. Backpack style really teaches you that you can have a very comfortable trip with very minimal gear, every thing else is gravy.
To learn to go "lighter" may be the best idea is to lay out your gear as if you were going on a backpack trip, and build up from there, instead of the other way around, going from kitchen sink down.