I'll be doing a 5-day solo trip at the end of September, roughly following the first half of the High Sierra Trail then looping south to Mineral King and back to Wolverton. I expect it will be in the 50's-60's during the day, and down to 25F or so at night.
I did this loop three years ago with my wife with a base weight of 25+ pounds and am looking forward to doing it with a much lighter pack. So here's what I'm bringing...
A few comments:
-I could get a lighter shelter, but typically go on trips with my wife, and don't want to buy a solo shelter just for this trip...thus the Squall 2.
-Could ditch the Kookabay pillow for a stuff sack with clothes, but I'm afraid that it'll be cold enough at night that I'll be wearing everything. At 1.3oz it's one of the few items I consider a luxury.
-Compressor jacket is a full pound, I'm not sure if I need to bring it, but I was pretty cold hiking Whitney a few weeks ago without it.
Let me know what you think!