"impatient/moody, could not “down” the required food amount and water, did not carry out self maintenance chores, desperation feeling and absolute exhaustion – I just set up the tent
and went to sleep – or tried to. "
> you nailed it man, that's from not eating, also from altitude. Not feeling like eating is a VERY common thing when combined with altitude and rigorous excercise you're not used to. BG nailed it too when he said eat on the trail while hiking. You didn't do well with this last time you said, so adapt. Take snacks you WANT to eat (for me I LOVED big sur bars, hated candy bars, loved nutella, loved tortillas, did okay with trail mix, hated sugary dried pineapple. Next time I plan to include Fritos as a staple. I think you ought to take what you WANT to eat, even if it's junk. We want calories over most everything for short thru-hikes. You may also try protein based drinks, look into something like Hammer Heed. I have little experience with it (day hikes), but plan to use it this year to increase my calories, especially during the beginning days. I'm also bringing olive oil to mix into dinners.
I didn't feel like eating either days 1-3. I was choking down food, force feeding myself, and kind of wanted to vomit. I lost about 8 pounds, eating 3.5k calories a day or abouts.
Platypus - swap to a gatoraide bottle, the wide mouth kind, for one (or both) of your bottles. They're like 1.5 ounces. Save 3 ounces each (and they're nicer to drink out of).
Etrex GPS w/ batts – 4.75 oz Maps are likely lighter here.
1st Aid kit – 7.5 oz . I have no idea what's in it because you don't list it, but ditch any packaging it comes in in trade for a zip-lock quart freezer bag. I cut mine down to about 1-2 ounces. I brought basic things I figured I could actually field-use. Splint? Ditch it and nab a stick. 4 packs of gauze? t-shirt/sock. Exactly equivalent? No. Worth the trade? Yes. Life saving ability NOT hampered? True. Stuff because you're a diabetic and I have ZERO idea what's involved in that? Keep em =)
Car keys – 2 oz. Just bring one, leave the clicker in the car.
I-phone – 7.125 oz . I think "why", but to each their own.
Thermarest stuff sack – 2.25 oz nix. you don't need it.
Mont-Bell ..... & bag - why the bag? nix.
• Julbo (spare) sun glasses – 1.275 oz . nix, bring super glue and tape instead, more versatile.
3- Quick Find; personal locator beacon – 5.625 oz . personal, but I'd nix personally.
1- Repel;lemon eucalyptus mosquito repellant – 4.625 oz. Man I tried Deet 30 and got EATEN ALIVE. I swapped to DEET 90. this is personal though. Still 4.6 oz is a LOT of fluid here.
2- Vaseline; petroleum jelly (chaffing, 1st Aid) – 2.5 oz
3- Body Glide; anti pain rub stick (part of 1st aid kit) – 1.225 oz
^ don't those two things do the same thing?
Blister Shield; foot powder – 2.875 oz
2.87 can't come from the powder alone, nix the tin it comes in and use a smaller plastic pill case or a double bagged ziplock
Toiletries – 4.375 oz
Food – 92 oz (2,761 cal/per day / 3-day supply)
I find this light. I burned through about 3750 cal/day and lost 8lb, though I did really big days (12 days for the total trail), and weigh 220lb.
Mini shovel – 2 oz
poo-poo-shovel? I love having one compared to trying to dig with a stupid tent stake.
All in all good list, just some things I consider extra but might be something that makes you enjoy your trip more and to each their own.