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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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feedback / insights
Joseph wrote: "The tent, stove, pad, pillow, kitchen set, footprint, and sleeping bag are pretty much set in stone items." -------------- That statement makes it pretty hard for ...

In Gear Lists » AT 2012 thru-hike list
August 29, 8:40am

I am gunna suggest you buy a book
Alas - This isn't really a "list" of your gear. It is only a few items, and most aren't really all that light. As silly as it sounds, I am gunna suggest you buy a book. LIN...

In Gear Lists » Tentative 3-Season Packing List
August 29, 8:18am

too heavy! Too much stuff!
Insights & Feedback ________________________________ 3/4 length ridgerest 9.1 --- NIX Sea-to-Summit silk travel liner 6.4 --- NIX 2x dana design side pockets (m) 10.8 --- NIX RE...

In Gear Lists » heading out this Friday... what should I leave behind?
August 29, 8:14am

Carry bear spray
There are a lot of Grizzly bears here in the Tetons. Carry bear spray - ESPECIALLY if you are running.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Spray
August 12, 8:53am

nice list
1) There is water EVERYWHERE so you could take a little less in the water bottle department. A one-liter soda bottle should be fine. 2) No need for TP, the North Cascades has a LOT of natural ...

In Gear Lists » My solo list for Mt Rainier NP, 3-4 nights, heading out later this week. Input?
August 02, 8:54am

the HEFTY brand trash COMPACTOR bags are 2.2 ounces, with plenty left over to roll and completely waterproof the contents. Less than 5 bucks for 5 at any grocery store. Cut em down a little i...

In GEAR » What brand of trash compactor bags to use as liner for small (~45L) pack?
August 02, 8:39am

I feel strongly that as long as you are clean, tidy and don't build fires, no ranger (or land manager) would ever complain. When I do "cheat" and camp in a non-designated site, I make...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
August 01, 6:48pm

a very simple spreadsheet
Just so y'know, the recipe and food chapters in my book turned out really well. Below is a very simple spreadsheet (from the book) for a 10 day solo-trip.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help me Reach under 1.5 lb PPPPD at around 3000 cal.
July 26, 9:04pm

That article was used as the foundation in my new book! LINK: There is a lot of info in the book, I'm really proud of the food planning chap...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help me Reach under 1.5 lb PPPPD at around 3000 cal.
July 25, 7:09am

stealth camping / dinner on the trail
Reply to Joe - I just got back from a nice trip in Yellowstone. Me and my pal Erika cooked during the hike, and then stealth camped. So many wonderful benefits, both practical and philosophic...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 24, 11:55am

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