Hey guys so after some careful consideration I think I need a bit of a warm up trip first. I just don't think I'm going to cover the 9-11 mile days well, this would be my first major winter backpacking trip on snowshoe and I rarely hike that far as it is now. I wouldn't say I'm lazy, just that I have limits and I wouldn't want to take forever and not enjoy myself as much. Most of my trips have been 8-9 mile days up and down peaks and I always prefer a nice 5-7 mile day when I can. I may end up doing a day hike in the high peaks this weekend instead to test out my setup, and I was thinking about trying my abused old poorly stored 0 degree bag, which only has about 5" of loft left on it, by camping near my car at a campsite closer to the road in case I'm freezing. But seeing as it is, I'm still a bit behind on gear, and have already spent too much on new boots, pants, and base layers, and my physical ability may be lacking to join you all on a nice long extended snowshoe run. Gotta test myself first! But... please keep me in mind for future winter or summer gatherings, I'd be happy to meet you guys and learn more about going lighter. Have a great weekend!