I was reading on another forum about the number of rescues that occurred this past weekend in the Whites.
Whenever things like this occur you always get a number of opinions about how unprepared people are. My point of discussion is what and how much do you carry for doing certain hikes? I always tend to get ribbed about how little I carry when doing certain hikes and I always give it back to them about how much they carry.
I tend to carry just what I feel is comfortable for the conditions I expect to face. The gear I carry might be anything from a dual water bottle slack pack that holds an extra shirt, hat, gloves, raingear, and trail snacks for a dayhike. Up to a full size backpack with 35-40lbs of gear depending on the season and where I'm hiking. I tend to take just what I think I'll need and not weigh myself down with a lot of redundant gear.
Here's an example: A couple weeks back I did Waumbek with a friend. It was about 50 degrees with light to moderate rain and light wind. For the hike I had my dayhike setup like I listed above and I was comfortable the whole time. If needed I also had the lower leg sections of my convertible hiking shorts and a dri-clime windbreaker also in my pack on top of the raingear and stuff I usually carry. My friend had his 3500CuIn pack full of everything imaginable. Multiple wool sweaters, hats, gloves, pants etc.
I believe in being prepared but where do you draw the line if you're going on a 3-5 hour dayhike.