My usual pack is the gregory baltoro 65 Medium, which is quite a heavy back. I'm usually the mule and often I like to bring friends along who aren't accustomed to backpacking. I frequently carry extra water, food, and a 2 person tent. My average loadout is around 25 lbs, not including the actual pack. This varies depending on how many nights I plan on being out and may go up to 30 - 35 lbs. I have loaded up my pack with weights and I feel it very comfortably holds 50 lbs, although this is not a very realistic scenario.
I have recently borrowed a friends hammock on a 2 nighter, and have been experimenting with much lighter alternatives than my 2 person tent setup. I'm looking to trim down some weight on my sleep setup with a hammock and by eliminating other pieces of gear. I'm not a seasoned ultralight person by any means; I'm merely breaking into this style of backpacking. I appreciate your input on this subject. -Keever