Good time to go over some gear that I used and my experiences with them for a mid fall hike:
Neoprene hat by Champion (black) - neoprene lined with fleece. It was completely soaked and still kept my head warm very impressed.
Campmor Rain Jacket (Black) - not breathable sweating to death in it. But for the price ($20) and the fact it has a head band tie which keeps the hood locked on to your head I really cant complain that much. Just wish it had arm pit vents. That would have alleviated a lot of moisture.
Colombia Titanium Outer Shell (brown)- probably overkill for this type of hike. could have lived without it since I had my rain jacket. However unlike my rain jacket this puppy is breathable. Probably a great combo with the fleece jacket in the winter with no precip or snow. Not good for rain (even though its water proof) because of no hood.
Colombia Fleece (Brown) - kept me nice and toasty at night with that and a base layer just sitting in the shelter looking out at the lights in the mountains. Even damp it kept me warm.
Smart wool medium weight base layer - wow for the light weight and super packable I didnt think it would keep me very warm but I was totally wrong. Just used it on the trek home and I was completely comfortable. Maybe even a little too warm.
Mountain Hardwear Gortex Rain Pants - breathable and super durable. They say its really packable but thats debateable. I just stuffed it in my outside mesh pocket but I had to fold it a bunch of times.
Craghoppers fleece lined trousers - wow super impressed. Fleece lined and the outer shell is a cotton poly mix... super durable and semi water repellent. Also a quick dry feature that was put to the test and it worked out beautifully. Glad I bought 2 cause when this one is worn out I will definitely break out the other one.
Smart wool med weight bottom base layers - as the top super light weight and packable. Used it in conjunction with the Gortex Rain pants and I really couldnt complain it worked out like a charm.
wigwam wool socks - no blisters... bam nuff said. very toasty.
Keen Growlers hiking boots - probably too early to break them out. My feet were soaked with sweat as these are more like winter boots. I was expecting 30 degree nights and it didnt happen. Although even when they were soaked on the inside they warmed up FAST when I put my feet in them.
Warbonnet Superfly Tarp with doors - super light... I think I spread the tarp out too far as the doors didnt close as much as I wanted. I could have altered my set up but I was being stubborn. It did it's job and kept most of the cold wind off me and kept 95% of the rain out. But some rain got in due to the wind. Nothing too terrible will know better going forward.
Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock 1.7 ripstop nylon single layer - Wow... yeah wow I've NEVER slept better. Totally better than my Hennessey NO DOUBT. That foot box makes all the difference. If it cooked for me I totally would kick my girlfriend out of my apartment.
Jacks R better Mt Washington 3 underquilt - did its job. My set up was not perfect and when I extended into the footbox of the hammock the quilt shifted off my back and my back got a bit cold. pulled it back and it shifted off my feet and my feet got cold. Played with the cinches and got it to where I wanted it but had to exit the hammock a few times in the cold. Gonna take some more outings till I get it the way it needs to be without being a sped about it. for what its worth whatever it covered was totally toasty.
Mountain Hardwear Lyell -15 degree 600 down filled sleeping bag - not the lightest or the smallest packed winter bag. In fact it is quite huge in the stuff sack. But I have to say it is AWESOME! Most comfortable bag I've ever slept in. I warm up in like 5 minutes in it. I'm hoping to get this down to 0 degrees with the current set up I have and still be comfortable.