Back in May 2008 when I was preparing for my upcoming attempt to climb Mount Rainier the following month, gear questions sat at the forefront of my mind. I didn’t want a gear issue to keep me from the summit. If weather or some other unpredictable element kept me from the summit that would be fine, but not gear. Online research produced a few decent lists for my upcoming Rainier excursion, but one thing was noticeable about them all: their length. The lists provided good information but it seemed like I was destined for a 90-pound pack if I followed the advice verbatim.