Tony, thanks. Found Jeremy's trip report as well as another from 2008. Both those help alot. (If you have the link to your photo report, that'd be great as well.)
It's nice to see the trip can be done comfortably in 9 days of hiking. This will also be my first big-mileage, day-after-day trip as well. My previous long trip was a loop of Sunrise, Merced and Vogelsang High Sierra Camps last August over 3 nights, and I think my trail miles were 12,17,10 and 11. It's a big step up to be looking at 15-23 mile days, day after day. I've been following the ibuprofen vs aleve thread, and while I've never taken pain meds on the trail, 165 miles in 9 days might be the time to start.
Knock on wood, I never,ever get blisters. The only time I have foot problems is wearing dress shoes to work. But I probably should look into foot care stuff.
I'm trying not to buy any new gear for this trip, as the trip itself takes up all of my budget, but I am thinking about dropping $20 on a Driducks rain suit and subbing the jacket in, as that would save me 7oz cheaply. I'd stick with the Golite pants, as I've read how flimsy driducks are. I may stick with the Alpha LT though depending on weather reports, as in a winter storms the more bomber protection might be preferable.