Okay, two separate topics, one post.
With the ice games, recipes, motes and other items are available to low level guys. But, most low level people don't have an ingredient bag, available for free from the Tower of the Twelve. I picked one up to hold my motes, recipes, and dragonshards, and freed up some inventory slots.
I also want to run Gladewatch Outpost Defense with my small static group. I think a level 11 cleric hireling with heal and DV III, level 9 sorcerer hireling with Wall of Fire and Haste (and extend), and perhaps a paladin or fighter to fill out our ranger, paladin, and rogue group will make it possible. Wall of Fire is key, it seems.