@BRIAN yes i am packing the hammock. Im going with the Warbonnet Black Bird, was gonna bring a custom bridge that Grizz @ HF made me, but i don't have an underquilt that will fit it right now. Its sooooooooooo comfy and i prefer it to the WBBB. As far as insulation, i've get a winter yeti and a custom TQ that im making this week. Maccat deluxe spinn tarp.
I will definately be able to shave 3-4oz off the fuel weight as i will only be cooking once a day. That 6oz number is from another trip. Unfortunately the GPS was bought for me by a family member and is not removable, as they track my progress online. Yes they've never hiked anywhere and have no idea that the AT is not antarctica. My wife also wants me to have it as I have a 1 year old as well and it makes her feel better knowing that i can push the emergency button and be rescued. So i cant remove that. I can lug an extra pound to keep my family from worrying too much. Bear spray is also there for them, but for me too. I know its just black bears and all that, and i've scared a few off in my day as well, however, i have a son now and think differently than I did before he was born. Maybe someday when you have a child you will be willing to sacrifice 8oz for a chance to see them again if your atttacked by a bear that you could have avoided. For 8oz, it seems like a no brainer. When i first began carrying loads and hiking, i was about 14-15. I never had a load lighter than 40LBS. I dont consider 27LBS to be heavy at all. I never feel the weight in a traiditonal sense of weighing down the shoulders anyway as use an Aarn and dont get any shoulder pressure from it. So i will have 13LBS behind me nad 6LBS in each from pocket, roughly. Makes carrying a load much easier when its properly centered. Think this: