Hey Tom, how are you doing, I met you and I think it was your brother in law at Trail Days this year.
Ken, I feel like I have my gear pretty dialed in for this sort of trip. I did bust a seem on the MLD Silnylon Zip pack at the hostel in Lone Pine on the way home so I guess I'll be looking for a new larger size pack at some point. I also bought a third pair of socks at Reds Meadows on the way through because the trail was super dusty at that point and I wanted to be able to wash a pair out and keep a clean sleeping pair. I had a Thermawrap and an R1 hoody and never touched the R1 until the last 2 nights but needed it then. Otherwise my main gear was a Spinntwinn with custom floor, WM Alpinlite, Bearvault and Golite Virga and Reeds which got a workout - Virga always soaks through under the packstraps but works well enough otherwise.
Brad, it would have been crazy if we would have crossed paths, I had one eye out for you guys even though I knew we were porbably 2 days or so apart.