A friend who is a world-class adventurer (he single-handed his yacht over 10,000 miles through the South Pacific to Hawaii and Alaska) recently asked me to join him on a 5-day pack trip in & around Point Reyes in August, which is north of San Francisco along the coast. (He also mentioned we might substitute with a trip to the Sierra Nevadas.) I'm rusty on my BP skills, and here I will be backpacking with an accomplished survivalist. I don't want to look like a neophyte, but I am, so I come to you for help.
My major concern is whether I've got decent enough clothes, can you help me with that? I started with virtually nothing but cotton in my entire wardrobe, but have assembled the following at relatively low cost ($220 new gear and $0 for a smattering of socks and belt already in existing wardrobe):
*** "Base" or "warm weather" and/or "sleep system" layers include (copy/paste from spreadsheet):
Shirt. Long sleeve tee. Hanes CoolDri. (Walmart.)
Shirt. Short sleeve tee. DriStar. (Walmart.)
(Under) Shorts. Champion Power Core. 2 pair. (Target.)
Socks. Liners. Polypro. 3 pair.
Socks. Wigwam hiking. 2 pair.
*** "Mid" or "moderate weather" or "outer" layers include:
Belt (REI buckle strap! Dual duty!)
Hat. Cotton baseball cap w/ bandana for shade on neck.
Pants. Golf pants (!) Polyester, light colored. Champion. (Target)
Shoes. Merrell Continuum. 2 lb 2.8 oz.
Longjohns Bottoms. Polypropylene. Weight unknown...midweight? 6 oz for m's size medium.
Sweater. Fleece. LLBean. Weight unknown...midweight?? 10 oz for m's size medium. (How can you tell if your polypro or fleece is light, mid, heavy weight?)
*** "Cool weather" or "wet" layers include:
Glove liners, 1.2 oz, unknown fabric (feels woven synthetic), for sure not waterproof.
Head Net, Mosquito
Rainsuit Jacket. DriDucks Ultra-lite 2 Frogg Toggs.
Rainsuit Pants. DriDucks Ultra-lite 2 Frogg Toggs.
Cap. Mountain Gear. Polartec. (1 oz)
Vest. Nano Puff Patagonia.
All told, this totals to 7 lbs of clothes...4 lbs are worn (likely minimum for warm weather) and another 3 lbs in the backpack. Am I going to freeze or cook? or both?
Here are a few options I could also take, but don't want to overdo it, and I know that overloading with clothes is the typical noobie mistake:
A really warm Patagonia Synchilla sweater (and really heavy, too, at over 17 oz)
A heavier Turtlefur watch cap at 3 oz
A "polarweight" fleece pair of pants/longjohns at 8 oz
A pair of silk longjohns (7 oz for top and bottom, considering for "pajama" use only under RevX 30 quilt)
...if I add the options, I rack up over two more pounds! For context, the base weight of my pack is around 15 lbs.