Thank you for the big compliment.
I took about 800 photos of the 4 days of the trip...a few are bound to come out well with those numbers. :)
The pack that I used for the trip is a Gregory Z55 (3,100 CU at 3 lbs 3 oz), which I started out at 36 lbs.
Jeremy was carrying a Granite Gear Vapor trail with about 29 lbs at the start of the trip.
Jeremy and I gave ourselves 7 days to complete the trip and carried 6 days of food.
It was our longest trip to date...a prior one in Yosemite being 50 miles as a warm up to this 70 mile trip.
We were both surprised at the mileage that we were able to do....15 miles on the 1st day to Lake Hamilton. We did 20 miles to Kern Hot Springs on our 2nd day and destroyed our feet in the process. (Who put all those freakin rocks on trail coming down into Kern Valley!!!)
The 3rd day was my hardest. I think we did at least 15 miles, maybe 18. Frankly, after doing the switch backs out of Kern Valley, I was a wreck. We had a leisurely/late start and it was high noon by the time we hit the switchbacks. I was baked by the sun and after getting out of the Kern Valley I was having big trouble. I could not find my camera, which was in my hip belt pocket and I thought we were going to Mt. Shasta vs. Mt. Whitney. I was nauseous and concerned that I had altitude sickness. I laid on a rock for about 20 minutes sucking down water and a power bar.
Foolishly, I decided that I was okay to press on...it was slow, painful and I really don't remember much of that part of the trip, but we did manage to get to Guitar Lake by 9:30 pm in the dark that night.
Anyway, Jeremy and I are relatively new at the light weight thing. I fully blame Jeremy for introducing me to BPL and the Backpacking Light Book/Bible, which has resulted me in buying all new/lighter backpacking gear.
Frankly, it would have been cheaper to buy a mule and toss a $40 Coleman tent on it. :)