Backpacking Dude is one of the Outdoors Dudes that share their expertise, experience, advice, and tips for free on the 'Net.
The evolution of backpacking practices and equipment is fascinating. Leave No Trace has become commonly accepted practice and gear has especially changed with lighter and stronger materials being available. Pack weights drop, food options increase, and costs can skyrocket! A person can now take a week-long trip for $50 or $5,000 depending on what gear, gadgets, and grub he decides to use.
On this site, you can read my advice and ask for help with your specific backpacking question. I tend to be on the 'cheap' side of backpacking, but keep Safety a key priority.
Please ask whatever you want to know about your next adventure into the wilds.