Utah is a beautiful place if I may say so.
Have you tried using a SS jam funnel in your PF?
Not sure if this was what you had discussed already but It allows you distribute grinds by vigorously tapping or swirling the coffee so that it falls correctly into the basket and breaks statically charged clumps. Then simply collapse the grinds when you are happy with the distribution and tamp, or use the wedge and tamp.
Once you get used to the amount of force it requires, it becomes a simple and quick process.
What are your thoughts?