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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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I just had deja vu!
Golite pinnacle pack (2lb) ---- Yes, I know you like this, but there are lighter options, easily saving a WHOLE POUND! Nalgene collapsable canteen (2oz) -------- NIX, no need for redundant water...

In Gear Lists » Perfect gear for summer camping
April 02, 9:04pm

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 » Perfect gear for summer camping
April 02, 8:49pm

3 - 3 - 2
Alcohol is a tricky for big groups. I would go 3 - 3 - 2 person sized cook-groups. A 3 person team neads a 1.4 liter pot (at least) and a two person team needs a 900 ml pot (at least). Round ...

In GEAR » Group cooking with alcohol stove: large or many small pots?
April 02, 5:25pm

Uhhhgh! that pack has gotta go
1) the pack has gotta go 2) GET A SCALE! ============================ 66 oz for a pack? Uggh! No more than 17 oz or so is plenty! My suggestion is a GG - G4 ultralight LINK ... http...

In Gear Lists » My current list
April 02, 1:39pm

feedback / insight
Some ideas on an already good list: ====================== Change from a tent to a TARP, saving approx 22 oz. Nested MUG and BOWL - NIX and eat out of the fosters mug. Take a razor blad...

In Gear Lists » Help getting under 10 lbs
April 02, 1:26pm

no treatment at all!
My favorite treatment is no treatment at all. I feel strongly that there is a LOT of water out there that is perfectly safe. Depending on the location, I would venture to say MOST water is safe...

In GEAR » What is everybody's favorite way to treat water?
March 30, 12:22pm

Leaving toilet paper behind is NOT insane.

In Gear Lists » Perfect gear for 4 season/3 season backpacking
March 29, 10:20pm

Some suggestions:
Some suggestions: ----------------- TARP - SilTwinn (or SpinTwin) - BACKPACK - GoLite Jam 2 (with stuff cut off!) h...

In Gear Lists » 3 days in the Columbia River Gorge area
March 29, 3:54pm

feedback / insight
TT Rainbow inc stakes 38.60oz ------ REPLACE with a lighter option. A tarp would save you approx. 28 oz. Pack: Aarn mountain magic 55 46.97oz -------- Uuugh! This is the first thing to replace...

In Gear Lists » 3 days in the Columbia River Gorge area
March 29, 1:20pm

bubble wrap
Bubble wrap is the lightest, though not quite as efficient as a closed cell foam, like an old sleeping pad. Just wrap the bubble-wrap around the bottle and hold it in place with tape. A very eas...

In GEAR » Winter Backpacking: UL insulated water bottles
March 25, 8:23am

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