OK, this message specifically addresses my wish list for changes:
>> Pack: McHale Summit Pack
Same pack in a lighter fabric.
>> Bag: Expedition Arc Alpinist
Same bag in synthetic ;)
>> Pad: TorsoLite
Could be a few inches shorter for me ;) - maybe I'll give Jay Ham's TRest hack article a go on a Torsolite!
>> Bivy: Vapr NANO Bivy (new)
Need to make a few minor changes to this, but otherwise, stay tuned for a 4+ oz bivy this fall!!
>> Tarp: Stealth Zero NANO Tarp (new)
Again, only minor changes needed here, and it's already gone to production.
>> Hiking Clothes: Tilley LT5 hat, cotton bandana, Smartwool Microweight L/S crew, Cloudveil Rodeo pants (03 model), Smartwool Trail Running socks, Montrail Hardrock shoes.
I love this system. I just wish the pants were the same fit, in Pertex Equilibrium Stretch.
>> Extra Clothes: GoLite C-Thru L/S scew, GoLite Ether (Wisp HP) wind shirt, Cocoon Pullover, DriDucks Rain Jacket, Montbell Ultralight rain pants (cut off below knees for knickers), Early Winters/Sahale poylpropylene tights.
Would probably ditch the C-Thru top even though I found it quite useful. The knickers came out to 3 oz, and could be lighter or more durable (it's paclite). They got hacked up pretty bad going through blowdowns. DriDucks jacket got shredded and poked bushwacking through the willows. Shoulda took the Zealot. Shoes absorb too much water (see notes in previous post).
>> Cooking: Vargo Jet-Ti stove, stainless steel windscreen, MSR IsoPro fuel (large canister), Vargo Titanium mug (no handles or lid), aluminum foil lid, Backpacking Light Mini-Spork, lighter/matches in small Aloksak.
No changes here. Might have switched to a small canister and done more cookfires.
>> Water: 2x1L Platypus bottles, Aqua Mira kit.
>> Navigation: Garmin Geko 301 GPS (used to mark waypoints for a new book I'm researching), Trails Illustrated NE Yellowstone map, Suunto X9 compass/alti watch, Rite-in-the-Rain mini-notebook, waterproof pen.
I can't wait for the iPOD Nano sized Garmin GPS...Yes, it's coming...I'd hack my map up next time. That thing was a beast (1.8 oz).
>> Toilet: TP (blue shop towels cut into 4x4" squares), 1/4 oz Dr. Bronners, toothbrush, alcohol hand gel, Aloe Gator SPF 40 sunscreen, Gossamer Gear chapstick.
I came out with no TP...and we camped near a lot of spruce trees...by this late in the season, the sunscreen could've stayed home.
>> Fishing: Cabelas Stowaway 8'6" 3wt 5pc fly rod, Sage 3100 reel with backing/line, 2x7.5' 4x leaders, spool of 5x Frog Hair tippet, 1 yarn strike indicator, 12 BB split shot, one tube Hydrophobe fly floatant, one Morell foam fly box with about 100 assorted flies (flies mainly used: green and gray drakes, small beetles and hoppers, large crickets, parachute adams).
Oh, forgot in the last email to add: GoLite Team Pouch. This is what I used to hold my fishing gear. Not the right tool, but the right concept. In the process now of developing a more usable chest pack for both hiking and fishing. Hopefully be available in the spring.
>> Photography: Olympus Stylus 400 Digital, 512mb xD card, 3 batteries total. Took about 450 pictures.
I loved this camera system when it came out but I'm craving better photo quality and more manual control, and would probably haul a tripod next time.
>> Food: 17 oz/day (4 oz breakfast, 9 oz lunch, 4 oz dinner), supplemented with trout.
Worked out well, and I came out with 6 oz extra (leftover nuts from lunch, mostly). I'd drop calories even more, to perhaps 14 oz, and eat more fish :)