Thanks everyone for the input!
Douglass...I have had my eye on these packs, but I don't think they would be able to have one done in type this year. Maybe next year.
Greg...I'm seriously considering the Jam2 pack. I agree in that this pack does look like a good middle ground between ultralight and where I was at.
- The Gosmamer Gear G4 looks enticing. Would it be simple to use a bladder/hose with this pack on the trail?
- I am using stuff sacks with my stove and other items, so I will see what I can do to minimize these.
- I read in an article that in a worst case scenario, you don't want to get your down bag and insulation layer wet. So I provided two barriers: the compactor bag and the dry bag. But this is making me think whether or not I need the compactor bag.
- In the five years past that I have been backpacking, I have done fine with just a rain coat and a a t-shirt (with a sleeping bag). I typically don't stay up too late when it gets really cold, and the extra insulation/base layer I am bringing would layer with the shirt and rain/wind jacket to provide extra warmth in the mornings/evenings. I do have an 8 oz fleece top I can bring if I think it is going to be really cold in June or September.
- I like to have a lot of water in camp easily accessible, and have the ability to drink on the trail easily. On the trail I will not have the platy 3L full, but it will be full in camp. I compared this in taking bottles or not taking the hose, but the weight savings is negligible.
- I probably don't need the firesteel. I guess the Man vs Wild show makes me want to use one though. :)
- The GPS is a new purchase this year. Last year we had a bad experience missing a concealed junction on the trail by 1.5 miles. The map and compass are only for backup, but I probably will have someone else carry them.
- The water shoes are for creek crossings and to wear in camp. Last year I was taking crocs, and those were half a pound. So going this route saves a lot of weight!
- There are grizzly and black bears in this area. I'm really not comfortable not taking the bear spray, but I don't think everyone in the group needs to carry it.
- I did forget to add something for sanitation. I was considering bringing some hand sanitizer, but the soap you mention may be better. However, the hand sanitizer would also be backup as a firestarter.
Even when I do cooking in a pan/pot, I have found that with non stick cookware, I really don't need to do much scrubbing and rinsing out is good enough. So I wouldn't bring the soap for that.
- Last year I brought whisps that are pretty light, but this year I am just going to bring a tooth brush without any soap or toothpaste and see how that goes.
- I'm taking out the firesteel.
- I'm kind of freaked out enough by doing bushwhacking, and the GPS will make my wife feel better at home. :)
As far as clothing that I am wearing on me...
- Full brim hat (OR brand).
- Loose fitting, wicking, button up t-shirt (Northface). This fits over my base layer if I need the extra warmth. (9 oz)
- I just bought a pair of pantagonia cargo/hiking pants. These pair are a little thicker than what I was using before, so they should provide more warmth and be more durable. This weight includes the weight of the attached belt. (20 oz)
- I also just bought a pair of northface trail runners that weigh in at 2 lbs for the pair. I only save about 1/2 pound from my hiking shoes, but I feel 5 lbs lighter!
- Sunglasses with case: 2oz
One thing that I forgot to mention is that I'm hoping to use wood fire with the caldera as my main fuel source. The esbit would be for backup if it is really wet.
I also find that I don't need sunscreen if I do a good job with getting enough sun before the trip. The hat and clothing I have would provide enough protection if I did get burned, though.