1) Part of a group of two, though there won't really be any gear sharing likely.
2 ) We're doing a two day gear test trip at chain-o-lakes at their canoe camping spot next week. Then a 3 day at hoosier state park in two. Obviously I'll bring more food.
3 )Midwestern october weather, otherwise known as, about anything really.. I wouldn't be surprised with anything between 0 and 90.
4) 2 days this time, 3 days the next.
My gear list is in my profile, Sorry for all the re-editing this post, I was trying to make a direct link to it.
Things of note, or I feel desire explanation. My pack is overkill, I've had it forever, but when I have funds/time, I'll be making a new one, likely a mishmash of designs from this site, likely out of cuben fiber. That project will start about the time that the snow does.
My hammock should be modified by the time I leave on the first trip, I'm going to be using homemade whoopie slings, also if I don't eventually replace the whole system, it'll definitely get doctored up.
I'm going to use the rest of the amsteel blue as my food hanging bag and emergency rope. I don't have it, which is why the weight isn't listed.
The down vest, I was so excited about, I found an ambercrombie vest from easily the early nineties, great condition, and I ended up removing over a half a pound from it of extra stuff. It looks hideous, but its so warm. Its from the early nineties... nothing looked good back then. It's a well known fact.
Oh, and the "heavy" knife. I have alot of experience out in the backcountry, but never from the side of backpacking. Alot of car camping, also I have a lot of family in the military, a few in the special forces, so a lot of times we'd go out, and "make due." At this point in my basically amateur backpacking career, I'd like to say its my, all else fails piece of backup equipment, but in reality its likely just a mental safety blanket. I do realize that.
Eh well, I'm done, now Discuss!