The stove will most likely stay at the truck unless weather warrants it's use. I'll probably leave the spare knife behind too as I have my edge knife as well as a victorinox folding knife and my wife has a paring knife. I'm contemplating leaving the rain gear as well since we have a lightweight tarp in my wife's pack that can be easily deployed for shelter if need be.Leave in truck: assess weather forecast at trailhead...if it's going to rain for days, bring the rain gear, if not, it's usually just quick t-storms...wait it out under a tree.
-Pack rain cover (store in tent at night if worried about it)
-Rain gear top/bottom
-Trekking Poles (in truck, but do you really need them to hike with a day pack? Grab them from truck on first trip out with meat
Spare knife (have the wife wear the 2nd knife)
Easily dropped 5lbs of gear.
Trekking poles I'm not sure on as we'll have a couple of miles to go in with all of our gear and about 2000 ft or so of elevation climb before we drop camp. If we do use them I agree I would not need them for day use until packing out.
The saw is one of those what if items, not sure if I'll need it for wood or if i would want to cut limbs to make a blind or something. Chair is just one of those comfort items. My scouting trip will let me know if it's really worth it but is definitely an item I will evaluate
I appreciate all the input, really helps me look at things in a different perspective
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