Originally Posted by L84toff
...the Mrs. said something about wanting to shower before heading out for several days
But seriously, I doubt you'll find bugs to be an issue in the Ga mountains.
Ya know, if you're thinking of taking the Phoenix on your thru, and you can only take one now, then I'm thinking you get more out of this "shakedown" trip if you take only the Phoenix and just see how it does. Chances are good it will be fine, but you'll want to be prepared in other ways that you can. Hot water bottle works wonders, just might have to be prepared to fire up the stove during the night, which is totally worth doing by the way. You just want to have everything ready to go so you're not fumbling around for stuff.
That way, this trip should give you a real good idea of how low you can take the Phoenix, and that will help with figuring your initial gear and start date, and then potential gear switchouts.