Thanks for the suggestions and ideas.
@ Andy, you're right, the Ohm with everything in it does weigh a tad over 21 oz., I removed the hydration sleeve + optional mesh storage pocket + 1 hipbelt pocket and the back panel pad since my GG Nightlite is being used. I had considered removing the delrin loop and using the Ohm frameless since my total pack weight w/ food and 1L water as of this afternoon was 13.44lbs. but I think I'm gonna keep it as I'm not looking to shave grams on this trip. As far as having an emergency rain piece, I think my tarp and windshell is sufficient for the extremely unlikelihood we get precipitation. Spring in the Gila is dry dry dry and quite warm and windy. I could swap the Patagonia windshell with my Marmot Mica but I'd gain 2 oz. there and don't need all that jacket. You raise a good question with the Evernew tubing. I usually just use a 1 L Aquafina bottle and have never had any problems. I think the convenience factor is overtaking me this time around so I guess the little bit of added weight is worth it, plus my gravity filter setup with the Frontier Pro needs a run of tubing. As far as sunscreen, the other "lighter" skin fellas I'm going with will have sunscreen. I've never in my life carried sunscreen, I'm a dark fella and don't get sunburned very easily. I'm likely going to add my cheap straw Safari hat for the extra coverage, my arms will be covered as the Beartooth hoody is long sleeve. I think I'll be ok... I think. :)
You must be a thru-hiker with that ditch the soap suggestion! :) I guess I could, but since I don't plan on bringing TP I'm pretty sure that soap is gonna come in handy at some point:) I'm not worried about using the MT100's in the slightest. With the weight I'm carrying they're more than adequate and my feet have quite the miles on trail in the MT100's as I've been wearing these for about 6 months for long distance trail running and day hiking. My legs should provide all the support I need. We're going to average 15-20 miles per day so I'm actually looking forward to the efficiency these lightweight shoes will provide over the distance. If the terrain was more treacherous and the water crossings fewer on this trip I'd swap them for my more supportive La Sportiva Crosslites but I'm not happy with the drying times in those. We'll cross both the West and Middle Fork of the Gila easily 100+ times and the snow melt in the Mogollons is ridiculous this year, in fact some of the NOBO CDT'ers are getting worried from what I've heard.
@ Scott ,
The stove conundrum...hmmmmmm? A Heineken or Fosters kit would definitely be a great option in the future. My brother in law just picked up the GVP Fosters Caldera Cone setup, that's an uber light little kit. This was a tough decision as I also have a Snowpeak 600 Caldera Cone I was considering using with Esbit tabs. However, I'm really excited to try out the Ti-Tri Inferno for my MSR Titan Kettle and since I'm sharing my stove with my buddy I'd rather be able to boil for 2 in a pop. The Gila is currently not under a fire restriction and is prime habitat for acquiring tinder/kindling for fuel so I think I'm gonna keep it this time around. I don't typically do 'campfire' trips but I'm willing to stoke a tiny fire for boils so the stove stays this time. I did manage to save a few grams eliminating the 2 provided stakes and the alcohol system with the kit and using x2 stakes from my shelter.