I imagine this is going to be very controversial topic and I think I'm probably going against the grain on this one. I always comb through my gear and figure out ways to cut ounces. My friend that I will be hunting with has started to call me the ounce nazi. Let me preface this by saying, I have been on 3 sheep hunts and this will be his first one. I have been able to get all my gear minus food and water down under 35 pounds including rifle, spotting scope, backpack, clothing , tent, sleeping bag etc. I was trying to give him an idea of what to pack and the topic of binoculars came up. I told him you don't need them, he says I'm crazy and most people put nice binoculars as one of the must haves for sheep hunting . My reasoning is rather simple. First , spotting white/yellow spots on a mountain isn't particularly difficult to do. Second, once I spot those critters I always stop, bring out the spotting scope and determine whether or not it's worth having a closer look. To me the ten minutes you get to sit down, rest and get a honest look at sheep with a 20-60x spotter far outweighs carry an extra couple of pounds glass, when I already have a 3-10x scope on my rifle and a 20-60x in my pack. I'm certainly no tony Russ but this has been my experience sheep hunting over the last 3 years. I know some of the guides will likely call me an idiot and I welcome it. Explain to me the need for binoculars ... Furthermore, what are some things you find unnecessary on sheep hunts that save weight? I once thought a purifier was necessary but now just use iodide tablets. Instead of my 2 pound digital Nikon I took I my first trip, I just bring my iPhone with a life proof case, saved me 1.5 pounds.