Yo Brassnuts, the Desperado is a cool bag. Easily goes from carry to haul mode. For my money though I'd go with something like a Fish Atom Smasher or Metolius Quarter Dome if you're really going to haul it.
As for my favorite, Wild Things Andinista gets er done on many levels. And I used to have a Karrimor Dougal Haston rucksack that was the shizz.
Cosmic, felt like that once or twice this weekend. Gotta continue to refine and get lighter. But I had a blast and we even went up tiny Cornell Peak. Will post more later just got home.
Edit: Ana Thanks! Your encouragement in the beginning of LL Part Two was my first and best building block for all that has happened. Cheers, Lynne
Edit #2: I appreciate all you posters beta on all kinds of packs and how you use them. It's fun to think about all the combos one can use and each pack has different features and utilities. Like I said, I'm going to try a super light pack, but I really love the suspension on my Gregory Z65 Jet Stream.
Like Base104 said above, "It's about what you're hauling. Still took too many trail snacks and other small items. What I will bring in the future is a tiny pair of binoculars.
Baja Andy, the snow shoes worked great. Thanks a Bunch!!
Checked out the Karrimor Jaguar at 6 lbs, to heavy, and the Andinista, pretty pricy at $360, tho a nice pack!
Back home from the weekend backpack, working in sweet, fragrant, sun kissed, warm air of the avocado grove, golden California poppies opening right in front of me I thought. "Yo, you just need to get out there, equipment is often irrelevant. Throw your essentials to survive in a pillowcase if need be and get out to the wilderness."
Spent the weekend in a simple tent, enjoyed to the max simple food along with liters of wonderful H2O. Discovered the art of trail finding. Essential living.
Peace mixed with the smell of warm pine needles. lynnie