Heck, we're only hiking 7.5 miles on the long day. I'm not particularly concerned about weight on this trip. Now if we were post holing in snow or fight rhodo tunnels the whole way or even longer miles, I'd try to trim it down some. This is all well groomed AT.
I do need to remember to fill my thermos with hot water before I hit the road. If I'm carry it, it needs to carry something useful too.