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Mike Clelland (mikeclelland) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale The Tetons (via Idaho)
About Me I divide my time between doing cartoon drawings at my desk in Idaho, and sleeping outside in the mountains. A few years back Don Ladagan called me up and asked me to draw instructional cartoons for his excellent book LIGHTEN UP! He was quite an inspiration, and I embraced his simple teachings. From that point on I became a weirdo zealot for a lighter backpack. In 2005 I spearheaded the very successful lightweight program at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Presently I’m working at Backpackinglight’s Wilderness Trekking School.
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My Website URLhttp://littleboingmarks.blogspot.com/
My PDF Gear List8 pound base weight

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All Forum Posts by Mike Clelland

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cord lengths
I only advocate the TWO cord system for teams with REALLY BIG LOADS of food. Like a team of 3 for a 10 day trip. All other hanging can be done with ONE cord and NO carabiners. THe BIG LOA...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
December 14, 11:55am

bears
I've camped a lot of places. In the tundra of Alaska there are NO trees and REALLY BIG Grizzly Bears - and I've never carried a bear canister. You just pile the stuff someplace near c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
December 14, 11:43am

big bear hang loads
Here is an image of the PULLEY system for lager loads that might cut into a branch.

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
December 14, 10:49am

stealth camping
I try to obey the rules in National Parks and such. But - I have had some situations where I chose not to once I was in the backcountry. One example was in Yellowstone. I had a permit for a h...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
December 06, 10:51am

"STEALTH"
"STEALTH" is used to define a *hidden* campsite. If you hide your camp you won't impact other hikers who would want to have a wilderness experiences. It's NOT to break rules or...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
November 29, 8:55pm

Reply to Jeff:
Reply to Jeff: ----------------------------- 1 - The idea and ethics behind STEALTH camping mean you will ONLY sleep at your camp. Both cooking and eating will be done along the trail. So you w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
November 29, 2:34pm

recipe
Coconut oil in the USA comes in a jar, and it's hard like cold butter at room temperature. It is white and foggy looking on the shelf at the store. It will turn to liquid if it gets warmed ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
November 22, 2:25pm

dedication to documenting visually!
Wow! That was some dedication to documenting it visually! Y'know what also might help, bump up the finely chopped dates a little more. The date "paste" is sticky and makes a good &...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
November 22, 12:34pm

REPLY TO - Henk:
REPLY TO - Henk: ================ 1) Hazelnut butter sounds awesome. Go for it! 2) Ignore the vanilla extract, it's such a tiny amount it should impact anything,. 3) Any kind of flour...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
November 22, 9:33am

Super Spackle?
The super spackle isn't meant to be a finger food. It is made of runny ingredients. But - the GROOVY-RIFIC bars are a better alternative, and these can be eaten like a cookie! ________...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
November 19, 4:08pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike Clelland

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Leatherman Juice S2 Multitool
4.3 ounces? Uhhhg!

In Miscellaneous Products
March 28, 10:01am

Hefty Trash Compactor Bag as LINER BAG
Hefty Trash Compactor Bags 18 Gal. (68 L) Size 2 Ft. 1 3/4 x...

In Miscellaneous Products
November 03, 8:34am

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
A perfect Bar.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 10, 7:14pm

Patagonia DAS Parka
I am chiming in and giving the DAS a low grade of 3. It is NOT a lightweight piece of gear! It's a porker, and should be refered to as such on the BPL site. 29 ounces? Thats 1 pound 13 ounce...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
March 27, 9:08am

Patagonia Lightweight Sun Hoody
This is a nice layer, but expensive. It doesn't get a 5 because of its high price. It's basically lightweight long underwear, but with a hood. The fabric is a little bit slippery and stretc...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 21, 8:38pm

Hardware store SINGLE EDGE RAZOR BLADE
The standard hardware store little single edge razor blade is the simplest and lightest thing I've found - ever. Nice and sharp, easy to use - and LIGHT! They weigh 0.1 ounces! Buy a little...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 15, 9:09am

Javette Coffee
I think these are very good. Not quite as good as fresh brewed - but a good substitute. That's why it gets a 4 and not a 5. Superior (even if only a little) to Java Juice. Here's how I thin...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 13, 11:21am

Petzl e+LITE
Also - THe RED light option is really nice. I find I use it a lot to save batteries. It works great for ALMOST any purpose in the dark. Go ahead and try using it exclusivly. The red light really w...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 29, 9:43am

GoLite Hut 1
I've used the GoLite Hut 2 (a little bigger) in the winter. It's fine. It takes a little extra time to adjust it so it's nice and tight. Ryan - hey, give a review after you get out o...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 29, 9:40am

GU Energy Gel
Hey - Make yer own in bulk. Cheeep and works great. HOMEMADE GOO ============= I've been using a form of homemade sports gel, and it's been really successful - and I have a circle o...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
November 29, 9:37am