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Screw the scale thing. Put up your inventory list of ALL you plan to carry, and most of vultures can critique you with what you NEED, and what you should consider a LUXURY item. Every item in backpacking needs to go through the litmus test of need, or simply taking said item to make the trip easier. That way you can make the decision if you really want to carry it or not. But be fore warned, there are many hyper sensitive nerds out there who internalize the weight they carry when backpacking as if it is a reflection on their inner-self worth in this world we live in. They will look down their noses at others who don't care about an extra # or two as if they some how are better because others are too stupid and carry heavy. A 3 oz. difference in weight of a stove makes or breaks their backpacking experience. I buy lighter stuff, (for more money), but I don't search out the lightest stuff just for the sake of it being the lightest.Your best weight savings in the desert will ultimately come down to water management.It really is about suffering. Does the benefit of the suffering out-weigh the effort. For me, I experience a geometric proportional increase in enjoyment when compared to the suffering. And I will continue backpacking as long as that condition persists.
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