Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions!
Regarding the nighttime warmth and sleeping it seems that as with many things it is very personal. I have spent a weekend in one of Yosemite’s campgrounds, but that certainly wasn’t at altitude. According to some of Richard Nisley’s great analysis found here the Neoair + GoLite Quilt + .6 clo baselayer + MB UL Parka is comfort rated to 40 degrees with back sleeping and 31 degrees side sleeping. From reports of it getting to below freezeing some nights I feel I am on the line. With the addition of GG Nightlight Torso pad which has an R value of 2.27, then the comfort rating should be at least 27 while on my back and 22 on my side. Therefore, it seems I won’t freeze to death in the GoLite quilt as long as I keep it dry. So I am planning to stick with the GoLite Ultra 20 and bring a warm head covering. I am thinking the Merino Wool buff I already have and getting a BlackRock down hat would provide me with a lot of versatility. The buff could cover my neck and face, while the dwon hat would keep my noggin warm. Another option would be something like the Down Works Balakava, but I think the combo offers more versatility for this temp range. Richard Nisley has yet again great data on insulated head coverings which you can find here
I will ditch the rain mitts, but I am planning on keeping my gloves. If it gets down to freezing at night the wool gloves will help. I also use them as pot holders. And if they get wet they will still keep me pretty warm.
Good point on the towel/bandana redundancy.
I like the idea of a good light when making a nighttime potty run in bear country. I also want to be on Whitney for the sunrise. I could always ship the headlamp in my last resupply and just bring a smaller light for the rest of the trip. If I bring my SLR, I will also probably bring the bigger headlamp in case I am walking before or after the sunsets to a spot to take pictures.
I intentionally left TP off the list, but I might bring a little just in case.
I removed the double entry for DEET. I know that the bugs shouldn’t be that bad. I hate DEET and I might leave it all at home. And just bring the headnet. Then again, a micro dropper bottle halfway filled doesn’t weigh that much.
I think 1L of water will be enough for me. I plan on using the steripen and drinking when I come across water so I don’t have to carry more than a half liter at a time. I do feel it is important to have a backup water carrying canister. I doubt my water bottle will break, but if I accidently drop it down a hill and loose it, it would be nice to have something to drink and store water. Two half liter bottles would be another option.
I live in New York City so I sleep through sirens, horn honking and crazy people screaming. However, the earplugs aren’t a bad idea. They probably won’t even register on my scale.
I might throw an extra pack liner in one or two of my resupply buckets. That way I can swap out at MTR in case my pack liner has a whole in it. Almost all of my insulation is down, and I would like to keep it dry if I take a spill in a creek. I will also add some extra batteries and other supplies (band-aids, leuko tape, etc) in some of my resupply buckets just in case.
Regarding food consumption, I feel I am grateful to have a metabolism that can go all day with only eating a couple granola bars, or I can eat everything in sight and I don’t gain or loose a pound. The engineer in me knows, this isn’t really possible, but I am pretty sure I require less food then the average person. However, you all are right to be conservative here. I will likely up it to 2 pounds per day, and carry an extra day or half day of food depending on where my next resupply is. As I go I can adjust this by leaving or taking a little extra food in the hiker bins. I am not a huge meet eater, but I am sure a couple good cheeseburgers on the trail will help my belly and sprits. I will plan on swinging by VVR.
John, you are correct. If I lost 22 pounds I think I would be pretty bad shape. I have thought about a weight gain diet before my trip, but I don’t really think I could gain any weight before my trip if I tried.
Nia- You make me a little nervous about you being cold in all that Hydrogen with a down suit on. May I ask what sleeping pad you were on? I wonder if that was a factor. Even if you are a colder sleeper, that still makes me nervous.
I will definitely bring some leggings of some sort. I have some Capilene which I might bring, but I am a sucker for wool, and will try to find a deal on some to bring. ( I found them for $23.99 + s/h so I ordered some).
I really love my Beartooth hoody as well. That coupled with my Houdini I feel is a perfect combination. I have used that while snowshoeing in the teens as long as I was moving fast up hill. I think I will bring it, but I am afraid during the day I will be too warm or lack sun protection if I have my sleeves rolled up all the time. If I bring the hoody I could probably leave the merino buff at home. I think I still feel having a long sleeve “sun shirt” is going to be prudent. I got a nasty sunburn on my face while skiing up at mammoth this year, so I might be a little overly concerned about the sun in the Sierra’s.
I have not had my Cape setup in any sort of wind, but it seems a good number of people have. Also, the lightweight tarp, plus the weight of the driducks jacket is the same as the gatewood cape. If I bring the tarp, I would bring the bivy for a little piece of mind from the bugs, but it would double as a ground cloth and would add some warmth to my sleeping system. I wouldn’t want to be stuck in the bivy all day waiting out a storm and the cape would provide more room when in storm mode.
I might try to get out some mornings and take some pictures side by side with my SLR and my TS-2 and see if the SLR is worth the extra weight.
So after that long diatribe, here are the changes so far.
--nixed redundant deet
--nixed MLD Event Rain Mitts
--nixed bandana (will use mini pack towel instead)
--nixed IceBreaker Beanie
--added a little TP
--added Icebreaker 150 leggings
--added BPL BeartoothHoody
--add Merino Wool Buff