Ben, thanks for the advice. i knew i forgot to add some stuff, and those last few things were it. I generally carry a Nalgene 1L, however i know most people recommend a gatorade bottle. i may move that direction once i pick up a Sawyer filter. i need the wide mouth to be able to agitate the water with my steripen. im currently on lookout for small portions of the bugdope and sunscreen. i carry wetwipes, both for "bathing" certain areas, and for wiping. im intending to go pick up a small toothbrush and some small tubes of toothpaste.
Boots: the merrells i wear i kinda need. they are the only boot i have found ever i dont have to put my orthotics into. my feet, knees, and lower back have taken a pounding over the years and having the right arch support is esential for me. i do have some trail gloves, but they really did a number on my knees when i used them. i keep them around for river shoes though.
the GEN 3 stuff listed is a military term. it is a silkweight thermal, not sure what it is made of, the tags i can see dont say. but they do work fabulously.
i havent looked, yet, into the alk stoves yet. i hear the fuel can get pricey, but again, i havent looked. good idea.
MREs: lol, ya, they arent my favorite thing in the world. but im able to get cases of them for free, which is hard to beat. and when it says 24oz, that is for 3 entrees total. they each weigh 8oz. i dont eat much, so one of those can fill me up pretty good, i may bring one side with me depending on the main meal.
where do i get the polycryo? would a painters sheet be just as good? is that the same thing?
the knife is heavy, last night i remembered i have a CRKT N.E.C.K. which is significantly lighter and holds an edge very well. im going to dig that out today and make it my main knife. it is the lightest one i have at the moment.
Yes, i do want something warmer than my woobie, but right now my options are slim. im about to purchase a WM 20* bag though. so for the moment, all i have is the bivy/woobie combo, or one of my heavy bags from the military.
guess i got some reading up to do. thanks