Hey, I just wanted to thank everyone for their help. The instruction could, from a novice standpoint, use some updates.
Anyway, finished the pack last night weighs out at 273g! (9.6 oz) Compare this to my Gregory Mountain pack of the same (approx) size at 2,750g (6lbs). I'm a little leery because of my sewing abilities (nil before this), but if it holds the next three weeks this is going to be a real lifesaver on next month's GC hike. Regardless, I will be taking my Gregory with me, as I don't trust the airline baggers.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intent of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!