I've looked at your notes, and I've added some of my insights:
Dan wrote - PackTowl (I'll bring a small 1"x2" sponge...not sure it's much lighter though. The packtowl is 11g)
Mike replies - - - - - Nix the 1 x 2 inch sponge and 11 grams turns to zero!
Dan wrote- Toilet Paper (I just can't do it...)
Mike replies - - - - - You should say, more correctly, I just don't WANT to do it. I know, from a lot of experience teaching, that it CAN be done.
Dan wrote- Deodorant (I'll bring a smaller one, but I'm usually hiking with other people and I get fairly offensive B.O. without it).
Mike replies - - - - - Fairly offensive? You are a human being, live the dream, it's okay to walk away into the mountains and get smelly! It's part of the fun!
Dan wrote- the 25g Nalgene food bottles are small bottles (Campsuds size) for stuff like margarine, oil, maple syrup, ketchup etc. Perhaps I should use ziplock bags instead. The bottles seem safer but the zip-locks should be fine.
Mike replies - - - - - WARNING! Do not put oil in ziploc baggies! This won't work, I know from experience.
And please read this article:
I address the bottles for oil, and what is the lightest...
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You can camp without ketchup and maple syrup. Those are HEAVY!
Dan wrote - yeah 16ft is too short for bear cord. At my local outdoors store they only had 16ft left of the lightest cord. ...
Mike replies - - - - - Just go to the hardware store and get some thin nylon string. It'll work fine. You'll need at least 45 feet, trust me.
Dan wrote - I also haven't added potential purchases like that sweet 0.5oz Buck knife and the bit of sponge.
Mike replies - - - - - Nix the sponge, you'll be fine without it. And, no need for the knife, just a 5 cent single edge razor blade is plenty.
Read this article: