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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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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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right on!
Right on! Just so y'know - I can do it on a bike, and using trekking poles.

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 08, 3:53pm

the shirt changing cartoon
Reply about the shirt changing cartoon: --------------------------------- As I said before, if the pack is truly light, there is no reason to set it down, and (most importantly) it's FUN!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 08, 11:54am

...more
Matt, Well said. But, please know, I don't advocate wiping with one's hand. Instead I advocate using any number of wonderful and easy to find natural alternatives. That said, I d...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 08, 11:12am

(No watch, GPS, kindle, cell phone, radio, etc)
Reply to Everett: ------------------------------------------------ You wrote: "I don't bring the following: anything that requires electricity to operate (GPS, kindle, cell phone, r...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 08, 8:04am

To me the issue is education, thus my zeal.
Reply to Everett: ------------------------------------------------ Just so you know, you are not the first person to get indignant about my views on toilet paper in the backcountry. This topic,...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 08, 7:51am

follow up
1- The 0.8 ounce water bottle is just a normal 'spring-water' bottle from the grocery store (or, more correctly for me, from my neighbors recycle bin). It has a slightly thinner plastic vs ...

In Gear Lists » my GearGram list
July 07, 8:08pm

wet feet
Reply to Chad: _________________________ If you are in wet conditions for a LONG time, a thin layer of Hydropel is magical. It helps a LOT! Also - if it's cold and wet for miles on end (...

In GEAR » Footwear - waterproof boots v. fast drying trail running shoes.
July 07, 12:49pm

wet feet are okay!
Use the NON-waterproof shoes. Wear the THINNEST socks you have, they dry the quickest. And DON'T WORRY about getting your feet wet! It's fine, just walk thru streams and let your fee...

In GEAR » Footwear - waterproof boots v. fast drying trail running shoes.
July 07, 10:08am

my GearGram list
Wow, this site is really cool! http://www.geargrams.com/ Check it out, I'm super impressed! - I just added my sumer list (which I'll be tweaking and revising). ______________...

In Gear Lists » my GearGram list
July 07, 9:58am

more feedback
1 - The DRI-DUCKS jackets are great. Very breathable, VERY waterproof - but not very durable. They get nicked easy, and don't try to bushwhack thru the bushes with one on! For trail hiking, ...

In Gear Lists » New ULer for the Northeast
July 07, 8:04am

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

Hardware store SINGLE EDGE RAZOR BLADE
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