People definitely are wusses today. The age of health and safety. I think it's worse over here for finicky campers/ramblers and there's more of a sport's mentality - with appropriately branded gear. It's less 'Roughing It' and more 'Roughing It in the Correct Fashion'. That said, I respect the potential hostility of the outdoors and certainly wouldn't take silly risks.
My main problem is how skinny, weedy (and white) I am and I'm pretty impressed by the 'muscle bois' with all that gear. I can probably just about manage 10kg with frequent breaks! All manliness aside. I suppose summer is the best bet for these photography expeditions, when all you might need is a flysheet and light sleeping bag.