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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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plastic bags is to help make your feet feel a little bit warmer
REPLY to Diane: ------------------- The reason to wear plastic bags is to help make your feet feel a little bit warmer. Even if you have gore-tex shoes, full immersion up above your ankles in a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 06, 5:23pm

The book is NOW available!
The book is NOW available!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 04, 4:04pm

Thanks Sam!
Huge thanks Sam! Just so y'know - This book was fun to do. I worked hard to keep it as sparse as possible, I wanted it short and simple. I went thru the text and compulsively used my word pr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Interview with Mike Clelland!
May 03, 1:37pm

"trad" vs UL
Just so y'know, my definition of "traditional" backpacking is based on my work at NOLS. That usually means elaborate tents and equally elaborate cooking for both dinner in the evening...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 01, 5:42pm

Golly (i'm blushing)
George - Do you wanna be my publicist?

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
April 26, 5:38pm

RIght on!
RIght on! Your list looks great! A - You can repackage your aquamira in smaller bottles. B - there are lighter headlamps. C - NIX the phone and charger. D - NIX the 2x gaitoraid bottles...

In Gear Lists » CO, UT, AZ in June
April 24, 3:09pm

the little plastic ring on the water bottle.
Ha! About the act of trimming off the little plastic ring on the water bottle. Whew - I am deeply relieved that nobody is rolling their eyes - or at least addmiting it! As I state in the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
April 24, 10:06am

feedback and insights
68 Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 XL Tent - NIX and use a TARP, (save approx 58 oz.) 2.7 Gossamer Gear Plastic Ground Cloth ---------- NIX! (save 2.7 oz) 1.5 Sit Pad ---------- NIX!(save 2.7 oz...

In Gear Lists » My Newbie Gear List (1-2 nights, spring)
April 20, 2:50pm

Not to state the obvious, but...
Not to state the obvious, but just go down the weight side of the list and TAKE ONLY THE ABSOLUTELY LIGHTEST OTION. And then leave behind anything that is NOT ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL! Do that, ...

In Gear Lists » The other weight of gear aka. I have too much gear!
April 20, 2:39pm

1) No, I don't use trekking poles, but when I drew the sketch for the cover, I did it at first without trekking poles, and it felt a little empty. i added the trekking pose simply because I tho...

In Editor's Roundtable » Interview with Mike Clelland!
April 20, 2:14pm

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