Jeff, I checked out those sun gloves, they are definately up for consideration. I'm still pretty wide open about tarp options, I dont really need a new tarp, I have an old golite hut that I am sure would get the job done, I'd just like a little more room/ versatility. Also hosting a Mid day heat party under my tarp sounds right up my alley! Just saw the new MLD duo Mid, looks interesting.
David, It seems from your suggestions that my clothing system may be a bit overkill for the temps. I may go for lighter tights and swap the vest out for a wind shirt or some other lighter option, (bounce the heavier fleece stuff ahead for Sierras & Washington?) The wallet, bug dope and repair kit fall under the category of things I just failed to mention, thaks for spotting it, I'll add them to the list. As for the i pod... I am a total music addict and will not go anywhere without it. I found a neat little external battery/wall charger to deal with the power issue. It plugs into a standard wall outlet has 2 USB ports and uses some kind of cell phone battery, so I may even order an extra battery for it. 45 hours of continuous tunes, OH YEAH! I also plan to bring some small external speakers for the mid day shade partys I'll be hosting. Can you say gratuatous luxury items?
Thanks again guys for your 2 cents (worth much more IMO)
I almost forgot, I got Yogi's book a while back, lots of good info in there.