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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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wants vs needs
Stephen wrote: --------------------- " The Mirco-spikes aren't a need, they're a want. I feel much more secure on precarious icy sections with them and that's about the extent of...

In Gear Lists » 2011 June JMT Gear List
May 16, 8:01am

BARGE cement
BARGE cement, available at any hardware store. This works great on DriDucks material. THis is the smelly stuff where the instructions tell you to put a thin coat on BOTH sides of the are you wan...

In Make Your Own Gear » Best glue for Dri Ducks material?
May 15, 10:55am

pillow issue SOLVED
Quick update. I think I solved the pillow issue. I wrote about it in a recent book - LINK: (yes, ...

In Gear Lists » Sespe Wilderness Spring Overnighter
May 13, 7:40am

what I use
- Spenco Jelly - PolySorb Cross Trainer Insoles about $11 (as per tip number 84) (and see here)

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 12, 1:25pm

Wow, nice list!
Wow, nice list! ================== - The knife is carries, Right? If so, not such an issue. - I would NIX the extra water storage (Gatorade bottle) because 2 liters is plenty. - I would N...

In Gear Lists » Sespe Wilderness Spring Overnighter
May 11, 6:41pm

bag - sock- another bag
Reply to Brien: ------------------ Yeah! I like the sound of that system! That seems like it would work GREAT!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 11, 3:25pm

feedback and insights
Sleep: FF Viero --------- 19oz - OR WM Apache -------- 32oz ******** ALWAYS Take the lighter option! And add an insulating layer to wear to sleep (That 14 oz parka will be the same as the adde...

In Gear Lists » Kilarney Park Mid-May
May 10, 7:53am

feedback and insights
You are trying to blend 3 things, lightweight backpacking, mountaineering and photography. Be aware, this is gunna be tough to fit all your LIGHTWEIGHT ambitions into this mix of desires. QUESTI...

In Gear Lists » 2011 June JMT Gear List
May 09, 1:47pm

trash compactor bag
______________________________________________ 2.2 oz each, super durable.

In Gear Lists » Summer Gear list for the PNW
May 07, 3:57pm

nice list
NOTE: All the previous comments are excellent. _________________________ NIX tent and take a tarp. Save over a pound. Mini bic weighs 0.4 oz each NIX emergency blanket. Get a ligh...

In Gear Lists » Newbie to UL (or maybe just L) 1st gear list for summer VA AT hike.
May 07, 3:23pm

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