Eugene: I also like the weight of the down materials, but I am too worried about getting them wet. I am already worried about my down bag, and dont want to add more to that. I could definetly reuse the stuff I got in he army- although you are right, that stuff is heavy. It seems like you are going to use your insulating layers only during breaks and at camp, is that correct? Could I theoretically skip out the insulating layers and just stay in my bag during those times, if it is really cold? Ive done some hiking in desert atmospheres where it gets COLD at night, without much as far as insulation. Always just slipped into my bag. Are you planning on using anything while hiking, because that would be my concern- if I can keep my warmth while hiking without insulating layers I might skip them all together. Crazy, or realistic? As far as socks I seem to have the same problem as you. Even in my army boots, I switched out the issued long cotton socks for short below-the-ankle socks. Completed long hikes and everything with no problems. I would go barefoot if I could. I was planning on taking 2 pair of running socks, but had some good suggestions that I will have to check out. Added sunglasses to the mix. If I really dont want them, I will get rid of them, but from the sound of it I will end up using them all the time.
Jack G: You are right, I dont have any weight to lose. Add that I have hypoglycemia and a super fast metabolism and my caloric intake gets very important. I was thinking of shipping myself Muscle Milk along the trail for some additional nutrients. I really dont want to send myself anything, and would like to not use a stove. Just adds a whole lot more complexity to my gear. If I do decide to use one, would it be easy to get a pop can and alcohol on the go? Maybe at a trail town? You raise a very important factor, I do not want to lose weight!
Matt: You are very organized! Thanks. 1. I have seen those for sale in the gear swap a lot. I wonder though how often I would actually be cold ON the trail. I like to adjust my temp more with my hiking speed than layering up- and I would rather just get into my bag then carry around a bunch of insulating layers. I must find out what the temps while hiking will be, and if this will be possible or if I must get something to wear to keep warm while hiking. If I need to, could I just bring a think underarmour shirt? Ive got a bunch of those sitting around and I think they are pretty light...
2. Looks like I will have to have a bounce box for all this stuff. I will look into getting a small refillable bottle for the paste.
3. Snow baskets- another thing I can send in the bounce box
4. Looks like I will start out without the cooking gear and add it should I decide to cook. Maybe I can throw a light pot and stove in with the bounce box? Theres an idea...
5. I will research it, but I do like the chlorine stuff for weight and simplicity. I can take as much as I need, and bounce the rest.
6. Sunglasses- check Strap- Check
7. Ive got an old Lowe Alpine bachlava that I used in the military- looks just like the patagonia one you mentioned. Definetly bringing it
8. I think Ive got the tarp thing down- I am pretty good at A-frame and lean-to and can experiment more in the desert when I am bored. I would like to get the cuben normal tarp and pitch the sil nylon one...
9. Definetly redoing the FAK to make it lighter
10. Will look up the thermarest, or stick with a full length cheap one I have and fold it up when cold like Eugene mentioned earlier.
I will do a few day trip once I get all the gear straightened out to test it all.