Brian, Chris, and Maxine. Will we make it? That's the big question. Certainly that first day is going to be a killer. Nearly 5000' of climbing, and our packs full of food! Boo-yah! That's going to be a challenge. For reference purposes, here is a tabulation of the trip plan:
This will be the first hard-core test for many items in my kit, and a shakedown for some concepts ahead of the Philmont trip later this year. I am going to go full Ultralight on this trip: base weight 7.6 pounds, total pack weight 16.5 pounds.
I plan on sleeping in the shelters since we have to reserve/pay for them anyways. I'm bringing a tarp and bivy strictly as a backup and contingency. Other significant things I'm going to do: 1) take my UL CRO/MYOG 40-degree quilt, but pair it with my new 4-season Timmermade SDUL puffy, 2) take my Uberlite short supplemented by a sit/butt pad to sleep on, 3) plan on using an umbrella for primary rain protection, supplemented by my Timmermade rain jacket. 4) Use all home-dehydrated meals for dinner. 5) Share group gear with Chris. 6) If I can get them in a suitcase - try out a new pair of UL trekking poles.
Lighterpack list: https://lighterpack.com/r/q7xzlz
Wish us luck!