Thanks for the advice on my list. You have been very helpful. It's always great to have other opinions and to be challenged as to what you thought was a good idea or necessary.
As far as stoves vs. fires, I guess to each his own. I've been backpacking for 40 years. Yikes that sounds like a long time! I've used lots of stoves--Optimus 8R, Gerry butane, MSR XGK, Whisperlite, only a Trangia alcohol stove. But I enjoy a camp fire. I love cooking over one--the trout tastes better; baking bread on a stick, scones or biscuits in foil, or a baked apple that has been cored and filled with cinnamon and brown sugar is just delicious. Nearly every where I go in Colorado its legal. Obviously if fires are prohibited because of drought conditions I don't use them. And I don't often backpack in RMNP--too many people and too many regulations for me.
I think camp fires embody the concept of light weight. I don't think there is such a thing as "leave no trace". You just have to pick and choose where and how. Stoves leave a trace from the metals they are made of, the fuels they use and the place where they are purchased. Yes, some people use fires irresponsibly but I'm not one of them.
I like this quote from Don Tryon, "The domestication of fire is man’s greatest technological achievement. For perhaps a million years using and watching campfire has been a life supporting, recreational, intellectual and spiritual experience."