James, I think you read my gear list, for a one day prezzies traverse. In that case, no, I would not be taking any breakfast with me. And yes, I definitely 'enhanced' that gear list because I don't know anybody on this website personally and I have no idea who is reading these words. Maybe I wouldn't really take everything I wrote about with me...
I've experienced windblown ice crud on the ridge in the winter, and that is why I really do bring that ice axe with me.
I have never really experienced a significant problem with my platypus use in the winter. They do require a bit of anal retention, but keeping well hydrated definitely keeps me moving faster.
I guess that there are places that I would rather go winter camping, also in inclement weather, that are easier to access and escape from if need be. For example, I can do long snowshoe / ski trails in the Adirondaks or the Whites or the Greens that are more aesthetic, at least in my eyes than that ridge in the middle of even the most mild winter.
I just use my shovel handle for the stove. But that is a great tip, to keep the stove on something.
I'd go with leathers for up to two days out there, and I've gone camping with them before. You do preheat your boots, don't you? (leave a shake'n'bake in your boot then put them into your sleeping bag. if they're still cold, put hot h20 in your nalgene and put it into one boot at a time.) But if I was going to be putzing around and goofing off all day, I would go plastic. Leathers, like that platypus, require quite a bit of oversight.
I will keep my hats. I don't bring a lightweight one, I just bring two.
Verizon works pretty good on most of the ridge. ;-) but you're right, I meant goggles....hee hee hee