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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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I have a map right in my hand
I'm from Michigan too! I have a map right in my hand I keep it with me all the time. AquaMira is used with great success by NOLS in India. A place with really questionable water. Success is ...

In Gear Lists » Thank you gear list reviewers
March 23, 5:07pm

Kick the gravity filter and go with AquaMira drops repackaged in smaller bottles!

In Gear Lists » Thank you gear list reviewers
March 23, 4:38pm

What does YMMV mean???
What does YMMV mean??? (I should probably know this)

In Gear Lists » 16 lb Dilemma
March 22, 6:00pm

QUESTIONS: ======= What route? Are you skiing in? Lotsa SNOW in May! Skiing might be a wonderful way in. Whatever you do, I would take a rope. Who are your partners? The crevasse situati...

In Gear Lists » Include climbing gear for Gannett?
March 22, 5:59pm

Dip below the 10 pound line!
Dip below the 10 pound line! ================= Driducks Medium Jacket - this is less than 11 oz A trash compactor bag is more than 1 oz, it is actually 2.2 oz - If you use a proper trash COM...

In Gear Lists » Sub 10lbs for 100 Mile Wilderness in September
March 22, 12:35pm

You listed the heavy stuff already, just replace 'em with the lightest options
Granite Gear Vapor Trail ------ REPLACE with lighter option ------- 24 oz max! Big Agnes SL1 with Titanium stakes and no stuff sack ------ REPLACE with lighter option ------- Get a tarp and sav...

In Gear Lists » 16 lb Dilemma
March 21, 5:00pm

nice list!
Nice list! ======= NIX - the bug shelter if the season dictates minimal bugs. Jacket: Nunatak Skaha Plus $369 is a lot! Get a DRIducks rain jacket for 20 bucks, and save about 3 oz! Emerg...

In Gear Lists » 3 season Sierra's.
March 20, 5:37pm

(mini-bic) remove the childproof thingy.
The childproof thing is easily removed. Don't be lazy, get rid of it. I wrote a book, due out in early May, with LOTS of instructional cartoons!

In Gear Lists » Please help me move from 1-season to 3-season
March 19, 11:22am

There are a million lightweight down jackets (I have a few in my closet) and these are easy to find on sale. $100 seems about the ball-park for a good one that weighs little. Here's the BPL ...

In Gear Lists » Please help me move from 1-season to 3-season
March 18, 12:19pm

DO NOT take boots!
I teach ultra-light hiking, and I have for over 6 years. When I get to the first wet stream crossing, I just walk into the water, and invite EVERY team-member to walk in with me. We all stand in th...

In Gear Lists » Now for the hard part-moving below 10 lbs for 6 days in Yellowstone, August 20
March 17, 10:05pm

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