have you ever sat on the ground and put your plate of food down around the ole campfire? No? Get at least a portable tripod chair, even if you are light hiking on the mountain, it's just a convenient amenity for which you will thank yourself for later. Some developed campsites come with picnic tables, but trust me most do not. A folding table may seem excessive to lug along to your new camp, but if you got the room your back will appreciate this little item.