Wow, thanks for all the advice, support, and input: I really appreciate it!
Let me apologize up front for the lack of detail in my original gear list. I have all that info, but decided to leave it off initially as I wanted to concentrate more on "holes" in my list (missing gear I should take) first, then work on reducing weight where it makes sense to. Sorry for the confusion, I should have realized the interest in weights up front, after all this is BPL! I'll work on posting a better list with more information soon.
Answers for some questions and comments:
After 5 years of Rugby, the knee braces are necessary items I'm afraid. They'll be the lightest ones possible. Probably be worn not carried anyway.
Good comments on not duplicating clothes. I have been operating under the assumption I would have two sets of "trail" clothes: wear one set, jump in the lake/stream at the end of the day to rinse off, then put on the second set for the rest of the day while the wet set dries, then reverse the next day. Will have to think more about the one set thing.... If I do the one set thing, the only things I would have to change into once in camp would be: my long underwear, a pile shirt, or rain gear. None of those things sound appealing to me, but can give it some thought.
Will resupply at Tuolumne Meadows and maybe Reds. Will be meeting my family for the afternoon at VVR, so they will bring up the main resupply package there. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get all my food inside the Expedition Bearikade for the trip from VVR out, so I'll have a small resupply also at MTR.
This will also be in the "improved" gear list, but here's my big three:
Tent: Lightheart SoLong6, custom w/ poles, stakes, ground sheet, etc....43 oz
Sleeping system: Montbell SS down hugger #3, lg 26 oz
Exped air mattress, lg 22 oz
Pack: Granite Gear Crown 60 lg, w/line loc lid 43 oz
TOTAL, big three 131 oz
I know a little over 8 lbs for the big three may seem like a lot to some folks on this list, but it's an incredible change for me from my 19 lbs just over 2 years ago!
I don't know if this is a reasonable goal or not, but I've sorta set up this 19 pound limit as a goal for my entire pack for this JMT trip less water, food, and fuel.
Yeah, the Leatherman knife is something I struggle with also. As a 52 year old Eagle Scout, it's really, really hard to step away from that "be prepared" thing! :)
Yup, the maps and compass and GPS thing are somewhat duplicative, I agree. Will have to ponder that one some more.
Thanks again for all the advice, I welcome it.
Mike in Madera
20 days to go...