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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 do NOT use a GPS.
I do NOT use a GPS. I really feel that tool has created a population of backcountry users with very poor maps skills. Maybe if I was on a boat on an ocean I would find it useful. I became skill...

In GEAR » GPS , topo maps or both? What do you bring?
July 15, 11:33am

spread the love
Last summer I did a ridiculously huge order from US-Plastics. I got a LOT of tiny bottle in every size imaginable. The bottles are pretty cheap. Now, whenever I camp with someone, I just GIVE them ...

In Gear Lists » First gearlist post!! JMT late august, please shred
July 13, 1:12pm

The Sierra's got a LOT of snow last winter
Kevin - With the tiny MIX bottle, you still don't "need" to carry the water on your back. Hold the bottle in your hand for 20 minutes, and then drink. Also - you should be able to...

In Gear Lists » First gearlist post!! JMT late august, please shred
July 13, 8:54am

Kevin - -Caldera cone - if you have a nice homemade wind screen, USE IT! The caldera cone is nice, but homemade gear is dear to my heart. And --- I did an AquaMira tip in my book, It's a ...

In Gear Lists » First gearlist post!! JMT late august, please shred
July 12, 8:47pm

feedback / insights
A - Nix the ground sheet, You'll be fine without it. Take whatever shelter is lightest. B - The bag I recommend for waterproofing is a HEFTY Trash COMPACTOR bag, available at any grocery sto...

In Gear Lists » First gearlist post!! JMT late august, please shred
July 12, 7:03pm

jet boil vs alcohol
Compare to the weight of the Jet-Boil: ______________________________________ .075 liters of fuel per person per day (cool weather calculation) .075 x 7 days = .525 liters of fuel .525 x ...

In Gear Lists » First gearlist post!! JMT late august, please shred
July 12, 5:28pm

you should just go for it!
My insights to Kathleen: =================== Please know, I teach ultralight camping to beginners, and I've had amazing success. A lot of people in these forums will advocate doing a m...

In GEAR » Backpacking for the girly girl
July 12, 8:21am

feedback / insights
Feedback / Insights ___________________________________ Please - Update you list with EVERY single item noted as an accurate datta point! What?!?!? You have a 54 ounce pack listed?!?!?!? Yik...

In Gear Lists » Newbie to UL needs some help!
July 11, 8:01am

sew on your own hip-belt
Change the pack to fit your needs. Get a needle and dental floss and sew on your own hip-belt. It should take less than 15 minutes.

In Philosophy & Technique » no hipbelt tips
July 10, 5:37pm

0.56 ounces
I've been using one of those super light plastic "spring water" bottle for a while, Never had any trouble at all!

In Gear Lists » my GearGram list
July 08, 9:37pm

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