thankyou for the replys.
I will deffinetly look at lighter trekking poles. I have never used them before but everyone I talk to says I should deffinetly have them and I agree. The ones I have right now were given to me for free. So I was planning on just using them to save some money, but I think I can do better.
As far as rain gear goes, I have never worn rain pants before. I generally dont seem to have a problem with my legs getting wet. I was planning on just sticking with wind gear in california but I may reconsider. If rain is usually infrequent and short lived I tend to rather just let myself get wet and dry out when the sun comes out. In oregon and WA I plan on carrying a rain jacket because the rain is more likely to last for multiple days.
Thankyou for the suggestions on Ice axes and Crampons also. I have never heard of UL-equipment before. It looks like they have some great stuff, including their packs. I am going to be watching the snow in the sierra to decide whether or not to bring them. Most guide books seem to think that they are necessities so I was given that impression. I do have quiet a bit of experience with self rescue and glacier travel mainly through Ice Climbing.
What are some of the best sites to track Snow Depth in the Sierra?