Thanks thruhiker that's great, I'll pm you to arrange logistics.
SD - yes, I can take the relevant food in, I've checked the USDA lists. I'm keen to avoid spending day 1 of my holiday in a supermarket trying to find suitable food for a 10 day trip, and then packing it into a bearvault.
Anybody got a post-2005 Bearvault canister? Am looking for one for a trip next year, I can always rent in the US but if someone has one kicking around in the UK it would make it easier to pack food before we leave. Happy to buy or rent it from you if you think you'd like it back!
Thread resurrection - thanks again for the advice on this.
We managed to visit the Mammut store in Chamonix where they had every pack in every size and colour and slightly cheaper than even web prices in UK - we settled on the First Ascent 18 which is a huge hit and looks like it will last 2-3 yrs from a size perspective.
The pockets on the hip belt were filled with carefully selected stones within about 10 minutes...