The Boy Scout saw is "Think ounces, save pounds". The Ranger adage is "Travel light, freeze by night" (as if you ever get a chance to sleep at night).
The other Boy Scout saw (motto status, in fact) is: "Be prepared." And I am. Oh yes, I am indeed prepared. I have collapsible Lexan martini glasses, Lexan flasks for adult goodies, a Lexan cocktail shaker, folding chopsticks for asian fusion meals, titanium sporks, nesting pots and pans, a main stove and a back-up stove, a main sleeping bag and a back-up, and a third lighter weight one in case its warmer at night than predicted, main sleeping pad and a backup and a patch kit for same, camp chair, and backup low slung camp chair and low side table for said low slung chair, three 6-day coolers (a big one laced with dry ice on top for the daily meals that need to remain as cold as possible until thawed for prep, a medium one for more frequently accessed items like water bottles, beer, etc., and a tall, narrow one for tall bottles like Bollinger Reserve, New Zealand Marlborough Sauv Blancs, Central California white Rhone blends, etc.), etc. I have gadgets for managing my gadgets, and backups for the management gadgets.
Tom (Americal) gave some interesting advice - "now you have a truck; use it". And I did. When we were in Chaco Canyon last year I had two warehouse tents, a main tent (4 man just for me) and camp kitchen, two tables and a shade structure. The year before in the White Mountains I packed 10 or 11 different scopes and mounts. But this trip is shorter (just two nights), and I'd like to spend about an hour unpacking and setting up and another hour taking down and repacking. It'd be great to have room for 4 buddies in the truck to drive to the trailheads or to local attractions further afield after unpacking and setting up.
I think there's a happy medium. If my 12-incher is ready for the trip, I'll take that and a PST on an alt az mount. If not I may do the 16-incher plus an EQ mounted 6" RFT achromat, or a C9.25 Edge HD on a secodn EQ mount in lieu of the 16-incher. Oh, and no backups or backups to the backups on the camping stuff.
Edited by jrbarnett, 15 August 2014 - 10:04 AM.