"I'm a warm sleeper doing the JMT in early August too. I've been convinced I need a 30 degree quilt. This has been through BPL members and trip reports of nights down in the lower 20 degree range (at high altitude, which can somewhat be avoided obviously). Because of this I ditched my 40 deg bag for a 30 quilt. I can't tell you how well it worked because I haven't gone yet, but your 45 makes me skeptical. I know we can wear clothes to help with the temp limits but possibly 23 degrees (guessing at a 22degree night) would be a lot for clothes and down shifting to help, or at least that's my worry for you."
Yeah, kinda worried about that, thats 2 votes for going with a warmer bag (including mine, although still unrealistically hopeful i can skimp on the bag)
"Dang what pants are those? 4oz seems very light compared to my 7oz REI brand. I'd be curious as I'm looking to cut my own weight."
The are marmot midweight baselayers, i'm a small guy, they are size small and fit me like a glove, nice and toasty, linky: http://marmot.com/products/midweight_bottom not sure how they compare to other brands of base layers for warmth though.
"You don't need 3 gatoraide bottles if we're getting picky. I have a 2L platypus I'm taking for storage sakes, and one gator bottle. The 2L is lighter than 1 gator bottle, so you'd get to shave off some ounces that route. I've also heard good things about http://www.rumrunnerflasks.com/flasks.aspx."
good call on the platy, was considering going that route, although for the price, 2 gatoraide bottles may be the ticket.
"Why don't you swap the steripen for some aquamira? That way you can ditch the batteries, and the device, and get down to around 2oz (or lighter)"
tasty instant water, i'll admit its a luxury item, but kinda psyched on no chems for the moment, and don't trust my judgement to go without treatment yet.
"stakes - can go with Ti to save a big of weight their, but that's a small amount, admittedly."
so tempted, titanium is awesome, i may be able to trade the snow stake for something lighter but the girlfriend is already freaking out at not having a dedicated trowel.
"Do you NEED a groundsheet?"
floor less shelter, probably good to keep gear off of possibly damp ground, and without it girlfriend would probably boycott the floor less shelter
"That's a lot of DEET. Re-pack in dropper bottles."
Yes @ lots of deet, any recommendations on type of bottle to repackage into? deet eats plastic, just afraid it wont like the dropper bottle i was going to transfer it into.
"bring a backup fire source. another mini-bic?"
Jetboil is newer version with reliable auto-start (mine has seen tons of use, doesn't like working above 10k feet but good other than that), bic is the backup, and also bringing 4 stormproof matches
"that's a ton of duct tape. maybe but to 3 feet? 1 foot?"
hmm, true, probably way excessive, i packed more duct tape so I could take a sports wrap out of my kit, I have a ankle rolling habit and wanted to make sure i have something to support it if i have issues, I should check to see how much would be needed to wrap an ankle, probably way less than 6ft!!
"Why 2 bandanas?"
Every time i take one, its always wet, murpheys law maybe? Figured a second may remedy this. *sigh*. This is why i need the voice of reason... nixed.
"Ship yourself maps for the second half of the route instead of carrying them."
sweet, keep forgetting i can do that.
You can cut about 2oz by using a foil lid for your pot vs the heavy jetboil one. I speak from experience there
"Did you go with that Kavu hat? How is it? I totally wanted one and just worried it wouldn't provide the coverage of an OR sun runner. My face just got burnt (cheeks, nose, lips) by not using sunscreen on a 20 miler, so there's that...."
Nope, its a straw one, i'm hunting for a new hat, i wore it at the lost coast last weekend and almost lost it in the wind too many times, and it hits my pack when i look up. Girlfriend thinks its hilarious that I have trouble making eye contact.... something about being a good servant.... Great for sun though, no sunscreen, was in the sun all day for 3 days and I don't think i even got more tan. Also, thinking of trying the kavu one or myoging one. The flexibility may allow it to be worn with a pack and put in the pack in heavy wind.
"I personally didn't find a trash compactor bag to be very puncture proof and so I went with one specially made for the purpose, but I saw in Mike C's book that the cartoon had a 2-ply, which I can't find where I am for whatever reason."
Packed one out last weekend and abused the hell out of it, seemed to work for me; i guess i should leak test it.....
"I went with the SMD swift and now that I don't have the load lifters I feel I might regret that. Good choice!"
Starlite is so big though, its cinched all the way down with no gear in stuff sacks and still has tons of room, i'm actually going to shed my heavy winter pack because this thing is so huge. load lifters are nice, but with the pack volume down so low, you can get most of the adjustability out of just the shoulder straps.