"You might be able to slim down the "Personal Items / Incidentals / First Aid", depending on what is in there."
I'm not even sure what I'll have in there, I just made up that figure to cover it. It should end up lighter. My ditty bag was the most ridiculous thing in my pack this spring, I won't admit to how much it weighed. I've got a few small containers to repackage stuff, now.
I would like to find something different, but don't want to deal with breaking expensive carbon fiber ones under my 250 lb weight.
"Switch from Heet to Denatured Alcohol (you might gain enough additional BTUs to reduce amount - that and it burns cleaner)"
I don't even know where to get denatured alcohol, I usually can get Heet at a gas station. I'll probably use a lot less fuel this season, I just got a caldera cone. I do like my coffee and I've ran out of fuel too many times from making up some, so I carry a bit extra fuel, and coffee.
"Plan your trips to tank a bit more water at sources and carry less."
I ran out of water last fall on a trail I knew well. I find that carrying an extra 2 oz bottle is easier than walking a mile or two out of the way for watering. This will be my first season using Aqua-Mira. I usually filter water and tank up on as much as I can drink at each source when the sources are scarce. I might end up going back to a filter, to be honest about it.
"Repackage your Aqua Mira into smaller containers, or go with repackaged clearwater or aquamira tablets.
Good point. I've got an assortment of containers that I haven't designated yet. Aqua-Mira is the only thing on the list that I don't have yet.
"You're carrying a lot of water carrying options there, assess what you actually use and remove the other options."
I've trimmed it down about as much as I can. I ran out of water a few times with this setup this spring. The Nalgene is for camp water. In the dry fall, you can walk 10 miles of trail here in the ozarks w/o a water source. I'm a big guy and I have to have some water.
"You could save a bit off your headlamp by going with a keychain style headlamp and attach it to a headband or hat."
Then I would have to change to a stiff brimmed hat or add the weight of a headband. :)
"Your camera isn't super heavy, but it all adds up, there are definately lighter tripod options for cheap as well."
What is a lighter option, than the Joby Gorillapod, that is actually functional? I would like to know.
"Do you need both a pot cozy AND a hand cozy on the same trip?"
Good point. I can probably skip the pot cozy in the fall, but in the winter it keeps my coffee hot long enough to actually enjoy it. I can sip coffee on a cold morning for a while, while I let the meal cook separately. The freezer bag cozy saves a lot of fuel weight, I've learned.
"It's the ozarks I know so rocks can be problematic but needle stakes and tying off to bushes/rocks will shave off the weight necessity of the MSR groundhog stakes."
You can't always depend on rocks and bushes. I've had lighter stakes, but they were lousy. I think most in the hammocking community seem to prefer MSR Groundhogs to keep our high strung tarps from blowing away. I drilled holes in a few of the stakes, but hey collected dirt and it didn't really save weight. I can get by with only 6 stakes though.
"Replace the hip belt pockets with some sil-nylon stuff sacks that can attach to the same place."
Thought about it, but I do like my Granite Gear pockets and realize the flimsy stuff sacks would get on my nerves.
I'm not stubbornly resistant to change, just looking for ideas and telling you what I've learned from my experiences, intolerance for tacky-ugly things, and comfort threshold. I think I'm getting closer to my limits, other than shelling out the big bucks for a new pack, quilt, and tarp, besides those things would only amount to about 20 oz in weight savings perhaps.