The seeming demise of Montrails in uk means I'll probably grt salomon fellcross s-labs for next walking shoe...agree almost impossible to find anything aimed at walkers minus goretex lining....so much for freedom of choice and markets eh?!
Yup as above, plus try making your own dehydrated food - that way you get to eat what you like and it's light and pans clean up real easy when you're just rehydrating and heating stuff through - very little chance of stuff cooking onto pan bottom even in Ti pans...
Yup sloe gin makes any trip that bit more special . Good to hear the Talon 44 is working well for you Skip!
Dave, some solid kit recommendations already but can I recommend getting a couple of books...mike clelland's 'ultralight backpacking tips' and don ladigans 'going lighter'. Both are inexpensive and offer common sense, doen to earth insights on kit, it's usage, and combination so as to save both weight and cash. I believe both are available as ebooks so you can save weight and pack space and put them on your phone!