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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 PDF Gear List8 pound base weight

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All Forum Posts by Mike Clelland

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My reply to John & Lee: _____________________________________ These tips all come from a book, and the book is devoted to Ultralight skills. I advocate wearing all your layers to sleep as i...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 25, 12:23pm

VA Appalachian Trail three season list
GoLite Jam2 Large 21.60 ----------- Cut off stuff with a scissor. You should be able to NIX a good 8 ounces easy! Tarp-tent Sublite 19.50 -------------- SWITCH out to a TARP, save about...

In Gear Lists » VA Appalachian Trail three season list. Please help me fill in the gaps and lose some more weight
May 25, 11:05am

pad and pillow
Reply To Mary D: ----------------- I do take an inflatable pad! It's a BPL torso length pad, with 5mm evazote glued to it so I get 100% padding below me. I will occasionally use just a thin c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 25, 10:22am

nice list
Your weight is 36 pounds for 10 days. That seems a little too high. But the combo of the bear canister and the larger frame pack add up to a lot. --------------- CONSUMABLES: Alcohol fuel sho...

In Gear Lists » Still another JMT Gear List 2011
May 24, 8:26am

You didn't post any where or when on your list, making it pretty hard to offer any insights. Is this the Yukon or the Mojave? I started a thread titled: Suggested GEAR LIST ETIQUETTE - L...

In Gear Lists » Help Me Find the Gaps!
May 22, 12:39pm

- reply -
Drew, NIX the MicroPour TABS and use AquaMira. This eliminates the rediculously long wait time. Thus, you can elimnate all that extra water on your back. NIX the towel and get a tarp! The...

In Gear Lists » first gear list of a BPL newbie!
May 22, 12:30pm

lots of "TRADITIONAL" items listed
BackPack: Current: Osprey Kestrel 58: 1.88kg, 4.136lb - TOO HEAVY! Soon: once I get an idea on design, yds Cuben to order, then hopefully pack = <1 lb Shelter: Current: Tarptent Rain...

In Gear Lists » I am ready for your critique
May 22, 12:24pm

starter template for what you'll need.
Look at my on-line list HERE: Use this as a starter template for what you'll need.

In Gear Lists » Help Me Find the Gaps!
May 22, 12:09pm

first gear list
NIX either the mug or the pot, no need for both. Why 3 liters of water capacity? Just take the 2 liter platy. 30 oz is too much for a JAM pack. Get the scissor to and trim it down! NIX the...

In Gear Lists » first gear list of a BPL newbie!
May 20, 6:45pm

lose shoes
I love the MOUNTAIN MASOCHIST! I wanna buy a second pair just because it's so perfect for my feet. About the loose lacing. Don't ask me why, but loose shoes and super thin socks are magi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 17, 12:11pm

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