I'm finally starting to plan for the Pacific Crest Trail for 2010. I want to make a little shopping list early so I can plan out my spending for the winter. So, any PCT/JMT/west coast hikers want to help me figure out what I "need"?
There are three big areas that I need help with for starters: backpack, sleeping bag, and clothing.
First off, Backpack: I have a MLD Exodus that I love. With a 9 to 11 pound baseweight, is it feasible to use this pack? I'm pretty sure I can deal with 7 days worth of food at a time, but less certain about the BV500 bear canister. I've also got a Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone that I used on the AT, but it weighs a heck of a lot more than the Exodus, and would be hard to ship in/out to switch with the Exodus.
Next, sleeping bag. I currently have a Golite Ultra 20 which I think I'm comfortable in down to around 32 (with UL Thermawrap, long underwear, etc). I've heard most people go with 15 or 20 degree bags on the PCT. I really like quilts, so if I had a lot of money to spare I could try to get an Arc Alpinist. I've also thought of a Spiral Down Hugger #1, which is cheaper but heavier. I guess this depends a lot on funding. Any thoughts?
Last: clothing. What I wear when I hike is usually running shorts, boxer-briefs, t-shirt, hat. I'll also carry a long-sleeve shirt to go over the t-shirt, UL Thermawrap, wind shirt, long underwear bottoms, rain pants & jacket, light gloves, rain mitts, fleece beanie. This is where I see things getting very different.
For hiking in long sleeves and pants out west, I've heard Railriders eco-mesh is really good. That's about as far as I've got with those plans. What should I leave behind, what more should I add, and what should I change?