|Thanks for the input all. Yup, trying to do things in a single push is how I've always worked, and it sounds like that's not going to change too much. Spending either 1 or 4 days is an interesting concept I'll give some thought to.
Thanks for the beta on the bugs approach ODH, I have been broken by approaches in the past and am always keen to avoid the experience where possible. My mate advised me to be finished in time for late arvo storms, so camping out seemed ill advised from that perspective as well. Still, it seems like there are a plethora of grade 6 routes to do; but you're right, they tend not to be the classics.
Don't worry Johny, I've got more routes in mind than a bored accountant would read on double time :)
Not sure I'm sold on this 'try it first in Australia' solution. If I buy gear here and love it, won't I just have to ship it over? And if I hate it, how has this avoided me wasting money? Seems like you gotta start somewhere, and that where could be any where. Perhaps I could borrow some of this stuff you say? I agree.
I'll certainly take on board the message that once you're hauling, added weight doesn't slow you down too much. I thought I had read to the contrary, but I guess I'll just have to find out.
Conclusions: Probably won't fuss with a portalege, I was far from sold on the necessity anyway. I think reading between the lines, it sounds like hauling two small bags won't be much more likely to snag, so I'll probably go that option given I'll be doing much more day trip action.