Well, I was actually inspired by a member on here who was with me on the trip who hiked the PCT this past summer. So, I would like to go as light as I reasonably can, but obviously right when I start out, I'm not going to be able to get that light. Pretty much, I'm looking for whatever I can get right now both for me and my girlfriend since I've convinced to to try it, and just from hearing me talk about it, she's starting to like it! Since I'm in Upstate NY, the potential weather varies a lot, but to begin with, I'll probably just be trying to focus on nicer, warmer weather, but obviously, the cold and rain seem to take a liking to my general area. My girlfriend is from Sacramento, so I've been looking at places to go out there as well.
In regards to sizing, I'm 6'0" and about 200 lbs. I wear a large up top, and I'm about a 34 on bottom and I have 11/11.5 in shoe size. However, when I was sized for my pack for my trip, I got a medium pack. Thanks so much for everyone's interest and I'm definitely finding out how addictive this hobby can be!