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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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feedback / insights
Seth, I suggest creating a proper gear list with every single item listed in a series of categories. Or, better yet, a spreadsheet! 1 - It's doubtful that you get your down bag wet from ...

In Gear Lists » New ULer for the Northeast
July 06, 1:51pm

insights / feedback
1) Once you finish your first meal, or your first bag of snacks, you'll have a bag for trash, no need to pack another one. 2) HEFTY bag for pack weighs 2.2 ounces, if you are using a HEFTY t...

In Gear Lists » First Official UL List (be gentle)
July 06, 1:36pm

tutorial videos
Here's what I've been doing this summer. These short videos match the content of the book. http://ultralightbackpackintips.blogspot.com/2011/07/video-tutorials.html Lotsa tutorial vi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 05, 12:24pm

Lotsa tutorial videos.
Here's what I've been doing this summer. http://ultralightbackpackintips.blogspot.com/2011/07/video-tutorials.html Lotsa tutorial videos.

In Gear Swap » WTB UL DVDs
July 03, 8:51pm

Maybe bordering on obsession.
I have that feeling *BEFORE* I head out into the mountains, and it can be sorta ridiculous at times. Maybe bordering on obsession. But, I mellow out a LOT once I'm immersed in the wilderness...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 03, 7:30pm

feedback and insights
Feedback & Insights ===================== 36 - Sleeping Bag (North Face Equinox Mummy Bag) - pretty heavy for summer. 42.5 - Tent (Wenzel Starlight) - NIX and replace with a solo tarp. ...

In Gear Lists » First hiking trip / first shot at gear list
July 02, 6:35pm

Nice list!
Nice list! ++++++++++++++++ NOTE ------------ I would add a tiny bottle of SOAP to the Toiletries list. SOAP is part of the first aid kit, it is far superior to hand-sanitizer. Less than an oun...

In Gear Lists » Heavily revised JMT gear list
June 21, 8:14am

ground cloth if you have a BIVY
No need for a ground cloth if you have a BIVY, because it IS the ground-cloth!

In Gear Lists » Late July TRT list
June 21, 8:10am

feedback and insights
My insights. I think you can leave a LOT of stuff behind. A few items are heavy by UL standards, and easily replaced. ___________________________________ Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock - 32 ------...

In Gear Lists » Late July TRT list
June 20, 1:25pm

Nice list.
Nice list. For the AT everything makes sense. Enjoy!

In Gear Lists » First AT Thru Draft
June 19, 6:54pm

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