Thanks for the feedback!
where: typically Yosemite, Sequoia, King's Canyon
temps: varies drastically, and I can't really afford the spring/fall gear vs summer, so I have to pick my gear for a 3 seasons approach
resupply: typically 5 days. like I said- I like food! As far as the food goes, that varies on the trip, and actually carry about 10 pounds. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but I like a lot of fresh fruits/veggies that I'm willing to haul them in.
The more gear I cut down, the more food I can take!!!
A factor to consider with the backpack is the bear canister- am I able to go to smaller packs and still carry a bear canister? (For instance, the Exos 48/38?)
Yeah, I was considering the pad/bag area- going with a quilt in the bag, and then look at pads. I may be stuck with the heavier pad considering the odd way I sleep (my feet have to be comfortable for me to sleep well. So weird.)
Good point on the signal mirror- that'll save an ounce.
The luxuries department is actually the one area I won't compromise (ironically). I go backpacking to write- the music and decent sized journal are my essentials.
That said, if you know of a fair sized journal that is lighter, I'm all ears.
Food/water on list: mostly for my own information. I like to know what I'm carrying wet or dry.
And that's more or less 5-6 days. Once again, I like food.
Expense isn't really a factor on this- if I feel it is worthwhile, I'll save for it.
The 40 degree bag would be nice, but Yosemite nights can get pretty cold. I had a miserable night's sleep in a 30 degree bag layered up, which is why I switched to a 15. Still considering a 10/20 degree quilt though.
As for the bearikade- it's mandatory. Most of the places I go, the Ursacks aren't even allowed. I'd love to cut the weight, but it's a necessary evil. At least I have a seat/table?
The knife I actually don't carry in my pack- it's strapped to my leg. I don't really factor the weight into my pack weight, just like my trekking poles.
It's more for if I were to encounter a Grizzly; then I can give it a nice scar before shrieking pathetically as I'm devoured.
-Stuck with the bear can
-It gets cold
-Don't mess with my food. I like food.