Wow, quick replies..
No serial killer here. In my experience nobody can do extreme hikes unless they are pretty psychologically fit, ie good people. Usually I hike with co-workers, but nobody I work with would consider this one...
Yes I shall bring plenty of deet, actually I'm going to do the Deet wash for all my clothes.
Other than some sunscreen, food, water, crocks, and a mosquito hoodie, I'm not bringing any equipment at all. I think I can jog the downhill if my pack is under 5#. I know it's a risk but not bringing a water filter, jetboil, or even a space blanket... this is all or nothing.