Mike,

If you put together a real exact list of what you need on a wall, food, water, alchohol, gear, sleeping gear, etc. for two people for a 5.5 day route you'll get to 200 pounds really fast. (a Metolius Half Dome haul bags weighs 7.7 pounds, an El Cap is 8. A 16 ounce Cobra weighs 1 pound, water weighs 8.33 pounds per gallon (4 quarts) not including its container.

Everything weighs something and it all adds up. Hell, a Clif bar and a fruit bar weigh 4 ounces. Four Clif bars and four fruit bars add up to one pound. A Metolius Double portaledge weighs 15 pounds, its fly is 5.5 pounds, 20.5 pounds total. So now, with only your haul bag and portaledge and fly you're at 38 pounds! (Two single portaledges and their flys weight a lot more than 20.5 pounds also)!

Most people estimate the weight of their bags. I have dozens of State Certified Scales at work and I've weighed everything on them.

All in all, to each his own but at this point in my life, I'll take the slower, easier route any day.