Bradford, thanks very much! I'll try and hit everything in order.
- I'll redo the list to get everything in ounces. The yellow was simply heavier objects, anything over a pound got highlighted so I didn't lose focus on them.
- I don't have experience with alcohol or canister stoves, and my concern was in winter, without experience, could I trust them. I've got enough time to get one of these and play with it on a couple of shorter trips before this longer one pops up. My cooking requirements would just be rhydrating one meal a day for one person. What would be the recommendation for amount of alcohol per day? Do you have a recommendation for a remote canister and appropriate canister size? (I'll of course be doing my own research too). Also, I did have the xgk already, I was thinking long-term for mountaineering, but if the concensus is overkill for this trip I'll definitely consider the other options.
- The cookpot was chosen for the xgk, everything fits inside it nicely, if I change the cook system I can change the pot too
- How long does the aquamira take to work in cold weather? Is the 4 hours really necessary? Only for crypto? Isn't the weight savings in removing the pump negated by the weight of the extra water I have to carry while waiting for the aquamira to work?
- I'll look at the platypus bladders, I do like the bladders. I tend to drink more when they are easily accessible
- I'll do the trash compactor bag for sure
- I've never been on the BMT, my understanding was it is not as well marked, is this not the case through the Smokies? I know through there it's mostly just adjoining trails. Also, I just enjoy the tech aspect of the GPS, I consider it a luxury, I'm not carrying it as a necessity
- drop needle and thread, done
- only leukotape, done
- pepper spray, silly instinct I suppose, for bears, pulled
- 1 battery for the camera, 1 set for the headlamp, 1 set for the GPS (the AA and AAAs are lithium, the camera is rechargeable lithium) I double checked the weight, it is right? Too much? To finish in 8 days it's ~20miles/day, I was thinking pre-dawn and evening use of the GPS and headlamp could make the extras necessary?
- the camera gear I enjoy, again, definitely a luxury, I'm also working on the minimalist tripod submitted on here by Dondo. The weight for mine should drop, I think I'll only need one leg and my trekking poles. I'll update that weight once I construct it.
- I think you're right here too, I'll probably cut the alcohol in half if I stay with the current stove setup. So, this could very easily be moot.
1. I sleep hot, and I tend to sweat, I think the full VBL might be necessary to maintain any loft over the longish trip. If I needed to the layers and was using the VBL, I'd throw them inside the bag but outside the VBL, quilt-style, but I doubt they'll be necessary
2. Ok, I thought this would be sufficient. I have looked at those jackets and was leaning towards the FF
3. Will definitely do a weather check before heading out, although it's usefulness taken out to a week or more will be minimal. I'll take the heavy gaiters as a trailhead decision I guess. Again, I haven't been on the BMT yet, it looks like a couple major creek crossings around camp #62, are there others? I was thinking I might try to navigate around these if needed. There's a ridgeline just south of that area of the trail that might be navigable and would avoid the creek crossings. Also, maybe a slight justification for the GPS :)
Thanks again, for all the input, I'll convert the gear list soon and start updating quantities. Keep them coming!