Originally Posted by ATH
What I can do, and what I can do and enjoy, are different things. By the time I am 40 I will get a light rifle in 300WSM built to replace this Sendero for backpack hunting.
Roger that. Never said I couldn't haul around a 15-20 lb rifle. Simply said that the mere thought of doing so about makes me puke. Which is to say, I wouldn't enjoy the time afield.
I've walked more than 100 miles through the mountains carrying a backpack that never weighed less than 65 lbs, not including my rifle and bow & arrow on a single hunt spanning 21 days afield. These miles were measured as air miles off a USGS topographical map. Hard to say how many actual miles were involved on the ground. Did a second comparable miles traveled hunt that lasted 14 days.
Nowadays I don't go hunting to practice self survival skills, and I'm pretty sure brute gorilla manliness was not a key theme to the OP's question.