I usually backpack hunt by myself and my brother comes along about 1/4 of the time. Reading some of the gear people carry I 'm curious whether you are going solo or in a group. The thread on Spotting Scopes in particular got me wondering. When my brother is with me usually only one of us has a tag for the area we are in. It's easy for a non-shooter to carry the extra weight of a large spotter but otherwise in order to get my gear, rifle and a deer out all by myself I have to go as minimalist as possible. Even then I tend to think I'm insane halfway out with all that weight on my back.