Love the boot test on independence pass. That was a brilliant idea. I didn't test my boots but mine worked well. I also found that having a variety of insoles and socks was really helpful as my boots seemed to be tighter or looser as the temperature varied. But you know about the importance of socks being a Colorado outdoorsman.
I am excited to follow your journals. Live it up as the experience will go so fast!
Melissa - Thanks for the advice on bringing a variety of insoles. I am allowed only 44 pounds, but have about 7 to spare at this time... I think an extra pair of insoles is a great plan!