I am planning a 14-day end-to-end of the JMT the last half of August. I am planning to carry a BearVault 500. I am trying to decide which pack to take - ULA Circuit or ULA Catalyst. These are the only two packs that I want to choose from, as I am a huge fan of Brian's packs. My last resupply will be at the Muir Ranch, so I'm looking at carrying 6 days of food from there. My base weight, not including pack, but including the bear canister will be around 8 lbs, depending on what shelter I decide to take. Before you answer, let me throw a wrinkle into the mix. If my wife decides to come with me, then she will carry our shelter (Double Rainbow), but I will be carrying the majority of the food. So I could end up carrying almost 12 days of food in the canister and would mean carrying about 18 lbs. of food.
Now that you know my dilema (sp?), I would appreciate any advise regarding these two packs.
PS: Didn't mean to hijack the post.