Hmmm.. 40 lbs is a light weight pack to me. I usually carry 70 lbs. Thirty pounds of gear for a week or longer trip, and forty pounds of Spanish Bibles to give to the villagers I come across in the mountains. When the pack is full and I'm tired, I sometimes hang it from a tree limb to get it on more easily.

Should I move to another forum because I don't adhere to the light weight protocol here? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
I think it makes sense to carry 40 pounds or more only if you are doing it for a reason, which you are. I'm more into distributing baby seal pelts myself, but that's a topic for another thread. For straight hiking; no hunting, trapping, sealing, plundering from the rich, or caring for the poor, 40 pounds is a lot, but some of those things do have their time and place and thus 70 pound packs are quite worthy of discussion here. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />