Because of a torches relatively high current draw, rechargeable batteries are often the better choice. A rechargable has the obvious advantage of being able to be re-used multiple times. Saving both money and reducing environmental waste.
Get a couple of guys in a hut around a table talking about gear, and at some point the lumen wars will begin. But what is a Lumen?
Hammock Camping can be a nice alternative to sleeping on the ground.
Simply put, the Aarn Load Limo is the most comfortable system I have come across for carrying large loads around the place.