Used to be a big hiker myself, went to college, lost touch with my hiker friends...blah blah blah. Last few years I've been trying to get out more even just for day hikes. Another thing I've been working on is lightening my load as I used to carry huge 40+ lbs packs for really no reason then I didn't know better. I started logging every piece of equipment I carried and put a tally mark next to it when I used it. Whatever didn't get used enough I ditched, I've definitely become the kind of person who likes lighter loads as to creature comforts.
While here in the stan I got bored and started researching ultra-light gear, and though I definitely haven't gotten to the point where I sleep in a bivy and east nothing but cold meals I did get some cool ideas. One of which is the soda can alcohol stove. I watched a few youtube videos and built one. Came ok pretty good, little more patience and I should have aperfect one.
My stove. Photobucket is pissing me off so hopefully it links from my facebook alright.
My other gear
LL Bean Men's AT 55 pack (older design)
LL Bean Micro Lite 2
Use a closed cell zlite thermorest, and have various different rated sleeping bags down to a -20 synthetic (used to have a down that went MIA)