The gear soon mounts up. You can manage with very little but to be honest it is nice to have all the toys with you at times. I have just bought a rotary which is quite weighty. Got me flapper as well which light enough. But at times with every thing I was struggling to walk in as it was so it might be time for a barrow or some thing.
Heading mid fifties my self and not too bad fitness wise but its still a slog at times. Nice to also see the older generation still lugging stuff about. Reassuring lol