Devin you noticed right, there is gear now available that is lighter in weight than what was offered to the public in 2003. Innovation has come from folks like Bill Fornshell who has lead the way in using the most innovative ideas for a single person. I'd just like to see him get more credit than he does.
I thru-hiked the Long Trail and it is a great place.
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!