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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.
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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Right On! Nice list!
Right On! Nice list! Can you post a photo of your 8 ounce MYOG pack??? (please) M!

In Gear Lists » AT Hike
April 07, 2:24pm

Good advice above
What Bradford and Andy say! Good advice above, (except for for Andy suggesting adding TP)

In Gear Lists » Newbie UL...need gear advice for VA thru hike
April 06, 8:28pm

a link with a ARTICLE
Here's a link with a ARTICLE, including some recipes and HOW-TO instructions about the insulating COZY. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/quick_healthy_meals_with_an_u...

In GEAR » Anybody use a pot cozy?
April 06, 7:19pm

Right On for Brendan!
I heart Brendan!

In Gear Lists » Ultralight generic gear list
April 04, 12:54pm

Mr. Clelland indeed!
LIST OF ITEMS THAT COULD BE NIXED: ======================= Trekking poles -------- Easily NIX'd Ground cloth -------- Easily NIX'd (though a bivy sack is a nice addition to the sleep...

In Gear Lists » Ultralight generic gear list
April 03, 7:43pm

untreated water from springs
Yes - yes - I am am opinionated stuffed shirt about a lot of stuff. 1) About the use of aqua-mira. First, I try to ONLY drink untreated water from springs, and I can usually do multi-day trips ...

In Gear Lists » Perfect gear for summer camping
April 03, 2:30pm

Oh THAT kind
Oh THAT kind of produce bag. I thought you were refering to the plastic mesh bags that oranges come in. The 2 g plastic bags can be tied with a loose overhand knot.

In Gear Lists » 3 Season List
April 03, 2:11pm

What!?!? You brig a change of clothes?
1) Aqua Mira leaves zero taste. Especially if you use a little less than recommended. A good product with a recommended track record. The steri-pen is a unit that people like, but the aqua-mira is ...

In Gear Lists » Perfect gear for summer camping
April 03, 10:25am

mesh bags!
Reply to Bob: =========== I've put a cord on a few mesh bags! It was easy! I took very thin string, and slid it thru the tiny holes by slipping it thru a little safty pin first (or a cot...

In Gear Lists » 3 Season List
April 03, 9:49am

Under 10 pounds base weight is awesome!
Under 10 pounds base weight is awesome! ==================================== Crap Aluminum Stakes + Stuff Sack 5.78 ---- NIX the stuff sack. No need. MLD Trailstar + Guys + Stuff Sack 19.82...

In Gear Lists » 3 Season List
April 02, 9:25pm

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