Nia - I prefer having a separate wind jacket. 50F is perfect weather to hike in a base layer + wind jacket. I over heat if I add any insulation.
Good point - I'm a heat machine. Any good lightweight suggestions that aren't a sauna?
Nia - You're pack is kind of heavy. The gg mariposa, ula circuit or mld ark could save 1 lb. If you lighten you're load a little more you can get a lighter pack.
I don't use a closed foam pad, and I want some form of suspension. I'm actually quite happy with my Granite Gear Vapor pack, but I find I sweat like a pig with the foam backpanel. The Exos mesh backpanel looks like it would do me well. Although I see it was mentioned that their quoted weights are off.
Nia - A quilt could save 1/2 lb.
Good suggestion, especially considering I rarely zip it up, but I love my Western Mountaineering bag, and appreciate the time that I can zip it up.
Nia - The lunar duo looks very luxurious although there are significantly lighter options.
Doesn't it look luxurious? :) The first half of the hike I'm sharing it. Almost all of my hiking is with my wife, so I can't really justify a buying something like a Lunar Solo for the rare solo hike.
Nia - Other things to drop an ounce or 2: alcohol stove, foil or oven liner lid for your mug, get rid of the hose and 2 aquafina bottles, use natural tp :)
Alcohol stove may work for part 2, so I may put mine in the car. I made one that works great with the relatively narrow bottom of my Snow Peak mug. For two people and 7 days, the Giga is more efficient. Good tip on the lid - the 1.25 ounce piece of stainless has always annoyed me. I really like having a hydration hose. The plan is to purify, let the chems work for 15 min, then have the Frontier hose hooked to the bladder to filter out Giardia. Natural TP? I've read the thread... I'm not ready yet, and I will NEVER convince my wife. :)
Nia - p.s. no camera?
My wife is carrying it the first half. It's 6.3 ounces... I think I'll cave and throw it in for the second half. I'll edit and add it to my above list.
Matt - What is your backup pad is you can't get the NeoAir?
I have a 14 oz Ridge Rest and a strangely heavy 27 ounce BA Air Core mummy cut. I don't know why it's so heavy. I side sleep and it's soooo much more comfortable on my hips that haven't gone back to my ridge rest even though it's... gulp... 10 oz heavier.
Matt - You could also drop the pillow and use your puffy jacket instead. I would also look hard at your SmartWool bottoms. These (along with my bandanna and zip-off pant legs) were one piece of gear I thought I could have done without.
I've been wondering about the jacket/pillow thing. I just got it this winter, so I haven't tried it as a pillow. It looks like it'd do pretty good though. I side sleep, so I need decent head elevation. I think I'll try it. On the smartwools - thanks for the tip. I am a very warm person, but was concerned if it got windy/rainy.
Matt - I think you could drop your mid layer and swap your hat for a thin balaclava - you don't have a hood on that puffy jacket, do you?
Drop the mid layer? Hadn't thought of that. If it was going to be warmer I'd argue, but I think you're on to something. It's coming off my list. Regarding the balaclava, hmmm... I have a shaved head and use the hat mostly for sleeping. My scalp is VERY sensitive to what is pushed up against it for 8 hours of sleep. I don't have a hood on my puffy jacket. I have bought many-a-hat that felt good in the store that got tossed after I realized they irritated my head after a few hours.
Matt - Are you taking two utensils? What shelter will you be using when you are solo? I might be up there around your time doing a fast-pack, so I'll let you know.
Yep, although - I'll probably leave the fork behind if I do all freezer bag cooking. They weigh almost nothing though. As mentioned above, I'm using the LD castle. I can't really justify shelling out a bunch of cash for a solo shelter that would be rarely used.
Paul - Just an FYI, the Osprey Exos 46 Medium specs out at 37 oz. The weights unfortunately were increased from the specs given at last years Outdoor Show.
JERKS! I'm updating my list above. I'm still thinking that mesh backpanel would be nice, but I'm a little less sure now.