I accept and agree with the need to educate oneself about the variety of equipment out there, but one of the things you have to realize is that, like lenses or camera bags, there is no single tripod that is going to do everything for you in every situation. You could get the most badass Gitzo + Arca-Swiss ballhead that will support 100 pounds of gear but the question becomes, do you even have 100 pounds of camera to support? Are you needing to carry a 10-pound support system to facilitate your shooting conditions?
I went through the linked articles and while it's admirable to pursue the ideal setup, frankly, if I might interpret the OP's needs, he doesn't need something that's going to hold a 400/2.8L IS in gale force winds. He needs something that's not going to become a constant reminder of the weight he's carrying, something that isn't going to intrude upon the enjoyment of the hike.
It seems like when it comes to soliciting gear advice, the tendency of the responses generally run more along the lines of what each respondent would like to have for themselves, rather than along the parameters of what the OP needs. Someone asks for a good lightweight tripod and they get advice to buy something expensive and heavy--because of course, the OP must not know what they need so it becomes incumbent upon the knowledgeable to redefine those parameters for them.
Honestly, I do encourage people to learn as much as they can about the variety of what is out there. It's not easy to sort through all the information and there are no shortcuts. But let's be realistic here and match the needs of the user to the equipment.