British born. Backpacked in the 70s – and, back then, regarded a pack weight of 20 lbs or so as normal for summer, 30 lbs as heavy for longer trips. That was before university. At university, got into climbing & carried heavier loads up steeper places for a while. Got older. Moved to Munich, near the Alps. Learned to snowboard, enough to start with some backcountry trips. Long hikes in summer & autumn, as much as poss scrambling rather than paths. Overnighters more huts & bivis than tents.
Bavarian & Austrian Alps