Okay, after seeing some of these packs and reading how much you are carrying---i am officially a wuss. I freely admit it. Thats the first step, right???
But 30 pounds works for me.
Next year, I am just going to hire timber338................
Always wanted to hunt in Idaho!
HellsCanyon, thanks for posting the detailed gear list. Got me thinking about sleeping systems, and I have lots of different thermarests from uber light to car-camping heavy. Depending on the type/season of the hunt I will always pack the pad on the more comfortable/heavy side. I figure a good nights sleep is more valuable than saving a pound or two. I don't sleep well on the light pads and the lack of sleep and hard ground give me more aches and pains than weight of my pack. But I am also 6'4" 215 pounds so the light pads just don't cut it.
And that 280 AI sure sounds like a sweet setup. Gonna be hard to leave it behind next year!