Hi Scott. Thanks for looking my list over. I appreciate the feedback.
It's interesting to note that you found glacier to be dry. I was just considering dropping my haydration system in favor of two one liter bottles given that I assumed water would be relatively abundant. Still, I think it might for our trip. We're hiking the Northern Traverse, starting at the Customs Station in the NE corner of the Park on the Canadian border and essentially following a series of streams, rivers, and lakes westward across the Park.
I hope the mosquitoes are absent for use too!
So, it sounds like gaiters might be overkill.
I understand that the windshirt and rain jacket aren't both necessary strictly speaking, but I really prefer to wear a windshirt unless it's raining. I figure that on a trip like this, with a pack that can haul the extra weight, I can suck up the extra 3 oz. We'll see though, I'll take just the rain jacket on my next long weekend trip to the 'Dacks and see if I miss the windshirt.
And with respect to the pack, I've tried several and, so far, I get the best fit with the Nimbus Meridian. I have a ULA Catalyst at home and I'm going back and forth with Brian to see if I can get a good fit dialed in, but no dice so far. I like the Catalyst, but it isn't very adjustable. And, although it's tough to say for sure without getting a good fit with both packs, so far the Nimbus Meridian carries the weight far more comfortably. It's a bummer to see my base weight jump up 3+ pounds because of the weight of the Nimbus Meridian, but I'm willing to carry a slightly heavier bag if it does a better job of hauling my gear comfortably than the lighter packs.
For what it's worth, I use a much lighter pack, the Granite Gear Virga, when I'm not in Mule Mode.
Same applies to the underwear situation...the compromises we make when hiking with significant others, eh? That said, do you really think I'll wear through 2 pairs of socks in 1 week?
Lastly, the fishing pole idea is awesome. I'd been vaguely considering it, but hearing how abundant the fish are makes me really want to take a rod. First I need to remember/learn how to fish though!
Thanks again for the comments.