Thanks for the replies. With regards to boot and sandles. The 'boots' listed are actually trail runners. I had just left it listed as boots from when I drew up the kit list template. From all the journals I have read it seems like trail runners are the way to go. I love Keen footwear for fit (My Keen current boots are so comfy) but I do somewhat question their build quality, so this choice may chance. Would certainly like to try some Inov8 and Scarpa trail runners on. The sandles I included for 2 reasons; crossing rivers, to keep our main foowear dry. And secondly to wear around camp and let our feet breathe a little. Is this not worth it? How have other people dealt with crossing rivers with regards to footwear, and what do you wear around camp?
I see your point with the water bottles, although I think I would like to take at least 1 camelback so I can drink easily on the go. Does anyone know the weight of empty 2-3 litre pop/water bottles?
The bear canisters and ursacks wouldn't be carried at the same time. They are both just included in the list for completeness. As mentioned, I am hoping to get away with Ursacks for most of the trek, and either rely on bear canisters or bear bins for the small amount of trail that doesn't recognise the ursacks.
Agreed about the cutlery. Will reduce that down to 1 spoon/spork each. Have also reduced the amount of TP. I know it is possible to go without TP altogether, but this is one of the home comforts I think I would like to keep, even if it is severely rationed. Also my bowels are not the happiest of things at the best of times, so it could get messy. Consider the zippo gone and the bic lighter in!
Yeah, we will have to be using a bounce box I think. We don't know anyone over there in the US, and the post from the UK would take far too long and be too expensive. At the very least I want to be bouncing things like iceaxes and crampons forward, but also plan to do the same with maps and guides etc.
Yeah, I know 8 days is a long stretch, but I am calculating my weight on a worst case scenario, so when we do end up carrying only 2-3 days worth of food and 1 litre of water it will be a nice surprise. I am finding the water requirement estimate for socal very hard to judge. A few journals have like yourself suggested that 5 litres each would be ok, whereas one I recently read suggested up to 3 gallons (13.6 litres)!!! may be required! I would like to carry a little more than the bare minimum, but not so much it cripples me. I also tend to sweat a lot, so get very thirsty, so I want to err on the side of caution. Any more comments on this matter would be appreciated.
First aid kit wise, yeah I will be making this up myself as I already do for my daysack. Plenty of painkillers, blister repair kit and tweezers me thinks.
As for clothes, I don't think my list is too different to what you suggested; I have 1 pair of trousers, 1 shirt, lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers and down jacket. Additionally to this I have a lightweight mid layer which I may drop, although I can't help feel this would be nice for walking if it is a little cooler, ie in the mornings/evenings/cooler days. Do you generally get cooler days, or are most fairly warm/sunny? I have also included hat and gloves, I'm assuming this is a a good idea as well?
Thanks for the suggestions so far, please keep them coming :)