I do want to do the hike, but will probably start much earlier. I like winter hiking anyway.
Its been a long time since I have done a long hike. Now I am in my 50s and have an iffy knee, so we will see how far I make it. I also plan to start in Georgia and I might end up breaking the hike into several legs.
All this depends on if I move, work (work is dead as I am a self employed architect)and a few other things.
As far as your list, its along haul, and I would trim it down as much as possible. Try to hit around 20-24# per person with food for 5 days and 2 qts of H20.
Its definately doable. Believe me after about a week of lugging a heavier pack you will be sending a bunch of stuff back home.
I will post a link to my list later.
Tent sounds okay, I am a tent sleeper too.
Skip the pillows
Get neoair regulars, lighter and more comfy at 14 oz
If you want to lose a few more oz get the smaller one, or a prorest 09 at 11 oz. You might need a 4 oz blue pad if you end up in late fall.
Get a lighter gravity feed filter and use MSR sweetwater.
With a dipper, filter, hose, and clorine you should be at about 4-5 oz. Clorine will kill everything but cysts. those you want to filter out.
Backpack 1 sounds okay but is a bit heavy for me. I have an old Kelty pack that I still like a lot. It was light at the time I bought it in the 70s, but now it stays in the closet.
I used to think I was doing good if I could keep my pack under 45#. Of course everything was heavier back then.
If you reduce the weight and size of your load you can use a smaller lighter pack around the 16-32 oz range.
Smaller pack #2 could be a ULA conduit at 17 oz if you reduce the stuff to a minimum.
Stove setup could be lighter too. Gigapower, alcohol stove etc.
Get a pot big enough to boil the H20 for 2 dinners, and cook in a freezer bag/IE food storage bag. My cook kit including an beer can alcohol/esbit or wood stove with a spork, pot, etc weighs about 4-5 oz depending on what I have in it. Lately I have been considering a giga power for faster cooking and less fiddling, but have not decided yet.
I also carry one of those plastic microwave soup containers for a cup. Weighs .5 oz.
Skip the bucket/shower or find one that is multiuse like this one.
You could actually make somethng similar out of cuben that would weigh almost nothing, IE combo water bucket, shower, filter bag. I found some PEX fittings and figured out how to get them to work with plastic sheet, so I am putting something together for myself. You could make it out of sheet plastic too.
Skip the clothesline and get a 50' of triptease. That should be in your bag anyway
Pocket knife, get a swiss army knife with a saw and sissors. 3.4 oz, but in the pocket. I have owned them for over 30 years. Use it for lots of things from cutting sewing thread, wine bottles, splinters, toothpick cutting wood for fires. Great tool.
First Aid, emer pack, etc I will list in my gear list. Its almost complete
Do your bags zip together ?? If not I would recommened buying ones that do.
30dF sounds okay if you can boost it with clothes, 40 is light in the late fall at altitude.
If they dont zip together, I would suggest a couple of montbell #3 30dF bags that zip together. A bit heavy at 2# 8oz (regular) but not that expensive from prolite, $130?.
Get 2 sets of BPL UL insul hoody and pants and zip the 30dF bags together. Should be good for 0-5dF. 2 MB #2 25dF bags would be warmer since they have a collar but weigh more. Montbell SS bags are great. Stretchy and all. I can cross my legs in mine and sit up.
I think the liner is up to you, if you want to carry the weight. I dont like them personally. I would rather sleep in silk or merino wool long johns and those you can wear under clothes. Cant do that with a liner.
Clothes, as always synthetic of some sort.
You will need a spare setup, extra socks etc etc.