@ Rob: Thanks! Yeah, I love to mix my survival/bushcraft skills into backpacking/camping. I actually started off as an outdoors enthusiast with a base of a more primitive, "traditional" perspective because of the influence of my father, who was a hardcore US army soldier who taught this skill set to me.
I was barely UL for a while before I started to learn more and more about cutting weight and found that SUL can be just as good if not better for certain situation. I highly recommend you try SUL, it forces you to learn a lot, and is very worthwhile for anyone looking to improve their backpacking skill set--and also gives you an opportunity to try out/improve your bushcraft skill set too.
@ John: Ah, I was under the impression that XUL was going sub-5lbs including clothing worn and any items in pockets and such. I learned about XUL from this thread:
I liked Craig's summary of XUL in the 2nd post:
"Full Skin Out, not including food and water, of around 5 lbs. seems to be reasonable to me. I'm more concerned with a minimal kit than numbers...but I do want a target to help force me to simplify even more."
So this was my goal, getting under 5lbs FSO not including food and water. If you subtract my clothing weight from my gear list above (which is nearly 50% of the weight) it comes to 1164g (2.56lbs) if my math is correct. In which case, this would fit your definition, wouldn't it? Unless you mean that XUL is sub-3lbs FSO minus food and water?
As with any nerdy hobby, definitions can get pretty tricky, so sorry if I was mistaken or not entirely clear.
Speaking of not being clear, I did indeed neglect to give information on the expected temperatures for my trip next month, thanks for pointing that out. The trip will be in south western Sweden, and temps in July are on average high of 20C and low of 12C. My sleeping bag is comfort rated to 13C, but as with most bags, it'd say it's comfort temp is more like 14-15C, which is why I include a long-sleeve shirt to wear at night.
The cotton socks are just the ones I normally use, and are generic. I didn't feel like going out and finding special socks, but if I happen to stumble upon some lighter ones, I'd get them. I prefer cotton socks to synth or wool in the summer for because they seem to breath better and not get as stinky.
Yes, they do have plastic Orangina bottles here! I picked this bottle because it fit nicely into my pack's shoulder bag, and also because they are tough little bottles (as the original drink is carbonated). I tried out a few other, thinner plastic bottles, like generic spring water bottles that are only 15g, but they get all mashed up and dented, so I wanted something a bit more durable. So I'll take the 10g penalty. Platy bottles of course won't work, as they are too bulky, but they do fit twice as much water for the same weight--great for SUL and UL as back up reserve of water to re-fill my smaller bottles with.
Thanks for the tips on my ditty bag, I will take them into consideration. The cell phone is a must, unfortunately, as with a toddler and a baby at home, my wife needs to be able to get a hold of me in case of any crisis or emergency. But I think you might be right about the gloves, might save me 10g or so, which makes up for the "heavy" Orangina bottle :)
Great to hear from the SUL/XUL guru himself!