I was bitten by the MYOG bug in 2009 and I am not in search of a cure. :-)
There is nothing like the satisfaction of making your own gear, taking it out on the trail and meeting up with success.
Congratulations on doing both and thanks for sharing your experiences with us. The pictures were great but I have yet to be able to find the bear. ;-)
The gearlist is great. It is always nice to be able to "peak" into another hiker's pack and learn from what is or is not carried.
Thanks again for all the good work done on your article.