Sometimes it is better with light weight gear. I can't say that mine is but I do understand people looking for it. My camera gear is quite heavy so I made sure to get a good backpack and a light tripod to compensate.
I can recommend F-stop Loka with a large internal camera unit as a daypack. This backpack is very comfortable and is big enough to carry your gear plus food, water and an extra jacket. You also have a lot of accessorize if you want to rebuild or expand your space. I haven't done this and think the bag is enough for now. Definitely check this one out if you are looking for a good photo backpack.
Next up is my tripod, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L. Since I am 190cm I got the 4 section one. If you are shorter you might look at the 3 section tripod but if you are shooting a lot on uneven terrain I do recommend one that extend to 170 cm. Because if you stand in a slope you will have to extend one or two legs much more than you think, so make sure to get one that extend far enough. This tripod is great, easy to use, lightweight and stable. Everything is very solid and it handles fast and easy. You can get really low and really high with it. Folded together is is small and short and will not hit your legs when mounted on the backpack and walking down the mountain which is very nice. My last tripod was too long and this drove me crazy so it is very nice with a short one getting out of the way.
I also got a leveling base which make it easy to make sure you get your photos straight. This is not necessary but if you are into making panoramas this will help you a lot and make your workflow easier because when you are able to level your geared head you can then use the adjustments in exact horizontal and vertical adjustments. This is very useful. I got the Manfrotto 410 Junior head. This is not the best product out there but it is all I can afford right now, since the alternatives are unbelievable expensive. It will work and it is not bad but it got its limits. I will do a future review of this and its limits.