Think your gear is too heavy? We've come a long ways haven't we? It's interesting to read historical accounts describing outdoors gear or clothing worn years ago. A friend loaned me G.O. Young's well-written account of a 2-3 month, horse-based hunting expedition in the 1940's. On the return trip, they board a boat to cross Kluane Lake in October. Mr. Young describes what he's wearing:
...woolen underwear...heavy wool trousers, shirt, overshirt, sweater, moose skin coat a heavy mackinaw coat, 1 pair of light wool and 4 pairs of heavy wool socks then shoepacs (from, Alaskan-Yukon Trophies Won and Lost)
In their travels, several in the party also wore the tread off their boots, or wore the bottoms out. Gear is more durable now, keeps us drier, warmer, etc. Even 2nd or 3rd tier gear these days might be pretty good in comparison. Sometimes I wonder though, were they tougher, more hardy souls?