I've been pushing my father and brothers to plan a big trip with me. I'm advocating for the JMT next summer, and I think I've got them hooked. My dad hasn't backpacked much in recent years because my mom blew out her knee, so he's excited to get out there. He also wants to transition into lightweight gear (all his current gear is from the 70's) after I keep sending him pictures of my pack on the scale before each trip. Basically he's asked me to provide him some guidance (shopping list) on what to buy. I'm thinking mostly in terms of the big 3, taking into account the most efficient system for a 4-person late summer high sierra trip.
For 4 people, what would be our lightest option? Two 2-person tarp setups? None of us would be opposed to tarp+groundsheet+headnet, but I was wondering if a fully enclosed net tent could be had for nearly the same weight these days? We're all tall, 6'2" to 6'4", if that makes a difference in tarp/tent selection.
I've got a large (2lb) 70L Zimmerbuilt pack which I had him size to hold a BV500 bear canister horizontally. I'm guessing we might need another pack that will fit a BV500? I was thinking the GL Jam 50 might be a good pack for my brothers since they don't backpack too frequently, I wouldn't want to overspend there, but I wasn't sure if a canister would fit, even vertically, and still have room for other gear? My father would likely want something with thicker shoulder straps and hipbelt. Any recommendations?
I'll likely be using my 20 deg quilt just because I don't want to shell out for a summer-only 30 or 40 degree. Cheapest 30 deg quilts I've found in long/wide are the EE RevX 30 or the HammockGear Burrow 40. Any options I'm overlooking? Also, how much money would I save if I learned to MYOG the quilts over the next year?
Thanks for reading. This is all pretty nebulous still. I'm excited at the prospect of getting to take my time putting together some nice setups for them though. I'm also hoping there will be some efficiencies realized in catering the kit for four people from the beginning. I'll probably buy the backpacks first, so that they can use them in training hikes and make sure they fit correctly.