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I'm not really seeing hostility. But lets try and clarify.
Have you climbed to those elevations with your gear? If not, then you don't understand what the OP is talking about.
You don't take all your gear if you are a thinking person.
And I, personally, do go up to those elevations quite often. And I know several others on the board that do also. Several times each summer. It's actually not that high. Everyone goes to 11.
It depends on the starting altitude.
It IS more work at altitude, and you chug along going slower, and it isn't that pleasant for anyone, regardless of age. Although, once you acclimate it's far better. But the rewards are also often much greater than a "drive up" location. Isn't that what landscape photos are about?
The OP sounds like he's fairly young and fit, otherwise why go back for more punishment?
The OP wants a compromise, he just won't get the same level of photos, regardless of what the iPhone people think. But his trek will be easier. Although, not that much easier.
However, the Landscape board is for presentation of photos, and interesting stories (like Mark M's). Sure we hear stories on how difficult it was to get somewhere all the time, and that makes sense. But not often stories like "here's a picture and I'm getting rid of this camera!" Those, stories, I find over on the Nikon board all the time.
Maybe that's what bugged a few people, the way it sounded. The D600 + 14-24mm isn't that heavy. That's a light package, if it's all you bring. If he wants to carry another, lighter camera, more power to him.
If it offended people, then I apologize, it was more a "what?" question or comment.
Here's a few excerpts from Tom Till's book "Landscape Photography."
"Although staying fit is a good idea for a lot of reasons, being a professional landscape photographer means doing a lot of walking and carrying heavy gear. To do this on a regular basis you must be physically fit. I know of no active nature photographers who smoke, drink heavily or are badly overweight." Also "I told someone once that my real job is hiking, because getting out into the places I want to shoot requires so much walking. So I try and stay fit hiking four miles a day and lifting weights."
Jim Fox has also said it over and over here, get in better shape.
However it wasn't meant to be hostile. He could have definitely told a better story.