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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 use two stuff sacks, one for my food, and one for my cook-set. THis makes for easy bear hangs. - I do use a few ziplock sandwich sized bags for dinky stuff or for the first aid kit. - Go ...

In Gear Lists » Help me get below 10 pounds
September 07, 10:38pm

Nick, You didn't post any weights on your list, making it pretty hard to offer any insights. Also, the list is sort of incomplete. You'll need to list EVERY item in order to get accurate...

In Gear Lists » Help! Am I really prepared?
September 07, 5:00pm

NIX the tent and replace with a tarp, saving approx 20 ounces. Cut some stuff off your pack and save upto 8 ounces or so. NIX nalgene bottle and Steri-Pen, replace with AQUAMIRA and an old so...

In Gear Lists » Help me get below 10 pounds
September 07, 4:49pm

Thanks for the shout out for those videos. Hey - my advice, create a proper spread-sheet rather than just listing a hand full of items randomly. This will benefit you enormously. Mike C!

In Gear Lists » Work In Progress - Pitch in please
September 06, 8:07am

insight / feedback
2x 1L Nalgene ------ 12.3 ounces ----- Uggh! Swith to 2x one liter size water bottles out of your recycle bin. 0.6 ounces each, for a total of 1.2 oz, savinv over 10 oz! Camp Suds --- 2.80 ----...

In Gear Lists » Please Critique My New Gear List
September 02, 9:06am

Alas - I can't send you a PDF for legal reasons, it's in the contract I signed with the publisher. Can you order it off amazon using KINDLE? There is a free kindle reader available on-li...

In Gear Lists » Here is my "Off the Cuff" Packing List I just packed for the weekend.
September 01, 8:48am

dri-ducks parka
I have a dri-ducks parka and its lasted me 5 years! It's due for replacing, but I've been using it all summer, still works great. That said, it's VERY fragile, but I'm careful.

In Gear Lists » Best Lightweight Rain Gear
August 30, 10:27am

Nix the foot print.
Nix the foot print. It's an un-needed gimmic. If you get a tiny hole in the bottom of your tent (highly unlikely) you can fix it with a tiny dot of tape. I have camped in all sorts of tents ...

In Gear Lists » AT 2012 thru-hike list
August 30, 10:25am

Joseph - these may help... Here are some video tutorial essays: (ethical disclosure) This is a promotional site f...

In Gear Lists » AT 2012 thru-hike list
August 29, 2:02pm

Joseph, Here's my gear list on GEAR GRAMS. This would be a good template (or starting point) for you as a way to define all the items you might want. A complete list of every item is essenti...

In Gear Lists » AT 2012 thru-hike list
August 29, 1:21pm

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