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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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Fritos are NOT health food
Oh don't get me wrong, I love nuts, and the book sings their benefits! The recipes are full of nuts! Fritos are NOT health food, but they are tasty on a break. cashews = 156 calories / oz...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
November 14, 8:30pm

Right ON!
George - My main MAN!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
October 13, 5:48pm

I take food in my pack very seriously
My reply to Ryan J : ---------------- Please know - I take food in my pack very seriously. My goal is to eat extremely well! I do a lot of prepping before a trip, and my target number for f...

In GEAR » u.l. pack comfort
September 25, 10:32am

(sorry to play shameless self-promoter)
Jennifer, 20 pounds for 10 days is TOO much for consumables! (Yikes) I wrote a book on how to do a 10-day ultralight trip with a pack-weight of UNDER 25 pounds. And, it has cartoons. LINK:...

In GEAR » u.l. pack comfort
September 25, 9:38am

Highly recommended.
I may regret admitting this, but I've shaved "there" for hygiene and ease of use. I spent ten years in a row working 30-day trips on glaciers in Alaska for NOLS. The itchy factor w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
September 20, 6:46pm

reply to Jennifer & Clayton
Jennifer --- I used Colgate TOTAL recently (it's chalky and white) and it dried fast and perfectly. I might have that wrong, I don't have the tube anymore so I can't be sure. Cl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
September 20, 6:35pm

Nice post trip review
Nice post trip review, this is valuable info - Thanks for sharing! _____________________________________ 1.4 pounds per person per day is a good starting point for anyones baseline food needs...

In Gear Lists » Still another JMT Gear List 2011
September 13, 5:57pm

video on water treatment
Short video on water treatment with AQUA MIRA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAoy3VC3uy8&feature=player_embedded

In Gear Lists » Help me get below 10 pounds
September 12, 7:35pm

weight savings with AQUA-MIRA
I wrote about the weight savings with AQUA-MIRA in m book. THis is one technique that has been really well received. I never wait more than 20 minutes to drink my water. I can carry a liter in ...

In Gear Lists » Help me get below 10 pounds
September 11, 7:23pm

The reason i wrote that tip, saying it's okay to be stinky, is because of some of the gear lists I've looked at on this site. A lot of people will take special sleeping clothes, or sever...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
September 09, 10:42am

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