I am still working towards packing lighter. Of course lighter means much more expensive, but I did manage to fit everything I needed into my 115L Seal Line pack. Still too heavy at 53lbs. I traveled with very little clothing, minimal food (enough food), so I would have to say that my sleeping pad, sleeping mat and tent need to be upgraded in order to be more comfortable from a weight perspective. Tent is about 6lbs, sleeping pad is 2lbs, and sleeping bag is 5lbs. I most likely would not bring my axe on the next trip (hardly used it) and that would save me 2.5lbs. My new boreal canyon saw 21 was really all I needed. I would also upgrade my paddles by going lighter weight. I intend to make my own down the road and get as light weight as possible with those. I am thankful for the cart and feel this is necessary on this particular trip but that too adds about 6lbs approx. Charging equipment for electronics can be upgraded I believe to save weight but all in all as you know all of these items add up quickly so any improvement of the aforementioned will be a huge improvement. Will be looking at shedding about 20-22lbs so that maybe the cart can be left behind on similar trips. The canoe has not yet been weighed but I can only assume it is in the 50-55lb range. Clearly a swift boat or lightweight composite would shed a lot but this trip was all about using my own craft which I enjoyed immensely.
Thanks. I find other people's gear post-mortems very useful.
How many days/nights of food did you bring?
That loop inspired me to get a portage pack, a GG Trad #4, and I've been pretty happy with it. Single carry is doable on a decent trail.
The backpacker dogma is ounces make pounds and pounds make pain, but boy that overpriced ultralight crap sure breaks easily. I did go to a light quilt for summer, vs a 3.5 season synthetic fill bag, and that saved a cool 3 lbs. Lightweight paddles are even nicer on the water than on the portage.
The one area I still don't feel like I have nailed down is footwear. On a paddle/portage/wade/track/line/pole/hike/camp trip I want 3-5 pairs of shoes/boots, and that's obviously not going to work packing light. I've mostly settled on trail runners, but wading in the basketball sized rocks I'd rather have something ankle high.