Dave, sweet write up right there. I re-lived the cold wet misery and sweet euphoria all over again!
In our defense, Don and I combined had almost 30 years over Dave and Paige, lol. Us old men inadvenrtently also slept longer on our rest breaks because I could not hear my wrist watch alarm.
Also, Don and I had an up close midnight encounter with a Grizzly sow and 2 nearly full grown cubs, and I will absolutely bring bear spray or "bear banger's" cracker shells next time.
Things I brought that provided a bit more margin over Dave's Kit:
PFD- 14 ounces
TI Goat Epic Bivy 9 ounces
Homemade climashield quilt 14 ounces (not warm enough though!)
Cut up ridgrest to fit bottom of packraft (llama) 7 oounces
Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn tarp 9 ounces
I used a Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 pack due to it's incredible hip belt and frame sheet, a MUST HAVE for my ruptured L5-S1 and L4-L5 disks.
Looks like I had about 8 to 9 more pounds of kit, and it DOES make a big difference over the terrain, and at the speed needed to be competitive in the "Classic".
Congrats to Dave and Paige for showing up Don and I.
Great to meet you up in Alaska, and we will most definitely meet up again at a future winter or summer Classic!