“He who would travel happily must travel light”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The folks at Mountain Crossings might use this quote at the beginning of their famous shakedowns. And, it is appropriate, given that after their help we have hiked a little easier.
However, I think there is something else to be gotten from this phrase. The weight in your pack is not so important, I think, as the weight in your mind.
To truly hike happy (or travel in any way for that matter) you can’t carry too many troubles or too much worry.
You must just let your adventure happen, let it be. To use the words of another beloved poet traveler, you must take to the open road afoot and light-hearted.