I have been hiking into alpine lakes for over 20 yrs. I have always used a small raft/oars. I dont pack a tent, waders or fins. I use the raft for bedding at nite and cover the raft with a tarp if it rains( the floor is inflated and my back is okay in the morning) . I made a bench seat( pvc material) that goes across the top part of the side chambers for getting up off the floor to cast, the pvc bench seat breaks down and fits in my backpack. The raft has 4+ chambers for safety. It has worked for me all these years( new rafts overtime) but generally i have been very happy with the raft and i can take extra gear, food and misc items out with me on the lake. It has been tweaked and fine tuned over the years, but in the past 10 yrs it has been the same setup. I am 6'4 and 215 lbs. I agree with most, lose some belly fat and pack in more whiskey. Come June/July when the snow melts, i will be ready to hit the trails again.