Thank you for the insight you provided.
two spoons: I use the MRE Spoon as a measure for trail cooking & the Jet Boil spoon to eat with. The mre spoon is really cut down and difficult to eat with.
Flame: Yeah, I agree that I am over kill on this. I have had Bics break, melt when trying to light HEET on cold mtn mornings. That is the reason for the 2 bics. Concider the flint steel striker gone.
Stakes: I will trade out some of my stakes for the skewer type. The soil is rocky here and it helps to have an assortment to choose from.
Sun stick: Thak rocks. I did not even think of that. Great dual purpose and lighter way to go.
Pack cover: Sounds like a great option! I will give it a go.
Pants: I do have a pair of Patagonia fleece pants that weight 10oz. I like the puff pants for three reasons:
1. Warmer than fleece
2. Snow does not stick to them
3. Dries fast and primaloft keeps insulation when wet.
I realized that they do come with a higher weight, even after I removed the belt,ankle scuff fabric, and side zips. I do not like seeing the weight of these on the list, but I do hike in the Rockies, and an we just had an Artic blast that lasted 3 days. Temps dropped overnight and the wind was hard with a wicked bite. I would hate to on a trail should that occur.
E-Blanket: I will swap it out. I had the 2 person version because I that a small pack even if just out day hiking with the kids, or myself.
Bladders: I did substitute a 1l for a 2l once. I like the flexibility that two 2+l plats provide. Once above tree line, water is scare, and some streeches without water can be 15 miles or so. Another factor fo me was that cattle graze "open range" so some smaller sources are not the best. I drink a lot, 1l every 5 miles on average, so I want to be able to select my camp based on the distance between water sources. Back East, on the AT, water or resupply from a town isn't a problem, but it is a little different here.
Please feel free to give any additional inputs that you can. I am always willing to learn a better way of doing things. Thanks again, I am going in used some of your suggestions.