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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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All Forum Posts by Mike Clelland

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Reply to Michael Ray:
Reply to Michael Ray: _________________________________ Yes, I agree, one should use this system with a bit of your own personal insights. The "MIX" has a time of effectiveness tha...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 02, 9:31pm

my reply...
Reply to Lance M: __________________________ Funny to see the side-by-side stuff-sack chart, but, the data shows that I actually have two fewer sacks for packing! GROUND CLOTH ------- I sa...

In Gear Lists » Time to come clean
May 31, 11:26am

waterproofing gear
Below are 3 cartoons showing how to waterproof gear with ONE single plastic bag. I do NOT use a pack cover. They don’t actually cover the entire pack so it doesn’t truly protect the content...

In Gear Lists » Time to come clean
May 31, 11:22am

hefty trash COMPACTOR bags
The hefty trash COMPACTOR bag is cheap and easy to find at any grocery store. At 2.2 ounces, these white bags are a fool-proof way to TOTALLY waterproof the contents of your backpack.

In GEAR » What happened to pack liners?
May 30, 11:58am

Aqua Mira DROPS
Aqua Mira DROPS takes about 20 minutes to work - and it can be shorter if the water quality is clean (like the high elevation streams on the JMT). The aquamira TABLETS take a really long time (...

In Gear Lists » Yes...Another JMT Gear List
May 29, 7:03pm

food weight.
You wrote: ========= I have 13 lbs of food for the 7 day areas. This seem heavy to me, but it appears to good by the 2 lbs per day guideline. - My reply: ========== 2 pounds per day is T...

In Gear Lists » Rockies Gear List
May 29, 2:09pm

feedback and insights
Vapor Trail: 972g (34.3) this is kinda heavy, you should figure out a way to get this lower, either with a scissor, or a lighter pack! ------- You'll do fine without hip pockets, I cut mine...

In Gear Lists » Rockies Gear List
May 29, 2:03pm

insights / feedback
Camp Towel ------ easily NIXED Jet-boil Ti (w/o cozie, lid, fuel stabilizer, measuring cup) 8.9 oz Fuel 12.82 oz ---------- Replace the JET-BOIL with a much lighter alcohol set up. Easy! Sc...

In Gear Lists » Yes...Another JMT Gear List
May 29, 1:51pm

insights / feedback
NIX the tent and use a tarp! 46.9 oz is a LOT! NIX the stay from you pack NIX the canister stove and take the lighter "fancy feast" version! NIX the potable aqua TABS and replace...

In Gear Lists » Here is my 3 season list..........
May 29, 1:42pm

tidy list!
BACKPACK - at 36.6 ounces, have you taken the scissor to this thing and trimmed off any extranious stuff? PACK COVER - NIX and replace with a truly waterproofing system, a 2.2 oz COMPACTOR bag. ...

In Gear Lists » Time to come clean
May 29, 1:36pm

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

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