There is no "real" category that you need to worry about fitting into. It's the trip, not the pack weight, that's important. Personally, I subscribe to Colin Fletcher's guidelines from his Complete Walker books: If you need it, take it; then reduce the weight of what you take as much as you can.

"As much as you can" means, to me, that the gear still has to be functional and relatively easy to use. It also contains an element of affordability. I'd agree that, if this isn't your primary hobby, it's not worth throwing dollars at ounces. If what you're doing is working for you, you're doing it right. If the main enjoyment comes from fishing, not hiking, then I'd be more willing to spend money on better fishing gear than I would on ultralight hiking or camping gear.

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