Few things. For thermal or insulation, the biggest decision is whether to take a thermal top and bottom or not or to take an insulation layer or not, ie the MB thermawrap vest. I'm going in August and although I know weather can come in at any time, I don't want to go overboard with carrying warm clothes that I don't really need, especially for during the day. At night, my 30F quilt is plenty warm and I can always wear my rain pants to sleep if needed. I was just looking for feedback from others on what type of warm clothes they actually needed on trail. Again, last year on the CT, I took capilene 2 top and bottom and the thermawrap vest and didn't really need them. Long story short, I may just take the capilene 3 top.
Windshirt. If I brought my Houdini, it would be to replace my Montane Minimus rain jackaet. My long-sleeve Columbia PFG shirt is my primary hiking shirt and also acts (very effectively) as sun and wind protection.
For camelbak. I do like having the ability to drink/sip as a I walk with the hose set up versus having to dig a bottle from my pack. Other similar products I've seen, like the the platypus and evernew bladders are about the same weight when comparing equal sizes of bladders or less than 1 ounce difference at most. Still, if I could find a significantly lighter option, I would go ahead and buy it. Any suggestions?
I take an empty 32 ounce bottle, (ie gatorade) to mix sports drink or emergency-C in, treat water, access low streams etc. From reading other people's journals or trip reports, I hope the most water I ever have to carry at once is 2 liters. I have a few platypus bags, but I find that I like the bigger opening available in the disposable drink bottles.
Iodine. I should have represented the weight better. The weight I listed was for the two-part system still in the little bottles, but I actually put the tabs in a small plastic pill container that weighs less than half an ounce. With the two part system the iodine taste and color are removed. Old school, but I tend to like it better than the chlorine taste left by bleech, AM, etc.
Fuel. I usually pick up a yellow bottle of HEET or use a 20 oz. size disposable drink bottle to pick up some denatured alcohol. I have to get it locally, so I get what's available. 15 oz. was a conservative place holder. Sorry for the confusion. I tend to only cook dinner.
Food. I chose the smaller BV450 bear can because I realized that a bear can is not required for the entire second half section, which is the longest period without resupply, ie ~10 days, and thus represents the maximum amount of food I would need to carry at any one time. I tend to use very compact food, so I thought I could fit ~ 7 days worth in the can and then I figured I'd use an OPSAK (I would only take one)for the remaining ~ 3 days worth of food that didn't fit in the smaller bear can. Another option would be to hike out to say, Bishop? and resupply once during that latter half.
Also, 1 lb per day in the begining may be right, but probably 1.5 lbs/day for later sections. Again, I like to supplement my food with very calorie dense meal replacement mixes, so I can pack my food very compactly and with lighter weight per calorie.
TRT. Yes, my goal is still to do the TRT in late June, early July, so it can be a shake down trip for testing gear before the JMT in August. I actually have a Zpacks Hexamid tarp and a Borah Gear bivy on order. So I may change out my shelter system entirely before doing JMT. Some people have suggested that I do JMT first and then do TRT later, but I'm thinking late snow encountered in places on TRT would be easier to deal with than on JMT, ie no special gear like ice ax or microspikes would be needed. Any thoughts?
Any other suggestions, like do I need a bug head net, etc are greatly appreciated.
Mahalo for your time and feedback!!