I've got an REI Rising Star Traverse pack (or something like that), and it's pretty small. Every trip I go on, I have to convince my dad, "If I try hard enough, I really can turn it into a full overnight pack." It's a challenge, but it's worth it!
"For special purposes a hunting knif is superior, as are double-bitted axes, cavalry sabers, Gatling guns, and dynamite, but the modest mountaineer contents himself with a modest blade."
--The Mountaineers (from Freedom of the Hills)