I am new to hiking, but I have read and researched over the past 5 years preparing to get into the sport. I would have done so 3 yrs ago, but my twins were born and that side tracked my plans. My dream is to thru hike the AT. Being 40 I gravitated towards a light weight setup. I joined here to get advice before pulling the trigger and to get full access to the wealth of knowledge the members possess through experience.