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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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reply to folks
I agree with the comments above. No need to create a bowling ball using a "traditional" compression stuff sack. And, using an easily stuffed lager sized stuff sack is a great option. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 18, 4:53pm

terkking poles - nope.
I do NOT use trekking poles. I find that they ruin my sense of balance. I do just fine walking down steep terrain, and boulder hopping. I do a lot of cross country skiing in the winter, s...

In Philosophy & Technique » Poles are a burden?
June 18, 12:31pm

Thanks Michael!
Right on! I really love hearing this kind of stuff - and that was my goal when I wrote the book! Huge thanks! Mike C!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 15, 1:21pm

My favorite article EVER
My favorite article EVER on BPL! Sipping the Waters: Techniques for Selecting Untreated Backcountry Water for Drinking by Michael von Gortler, MD | 2006-Sept LINK: http://www.backpackingl...

In GEAR » The real water treatment deal
June 13, 8:07pm

your list is sort of incomplete
It's hard to review your list, because it is sort of incomplete. My advice is to get a scale and to create a COMPLETE list of EVERY piece of gear you plan on taking. Nothing left out, nothin...

In Gear Lists » Does this add up, first time uber light. New England late summer - summer..
June 13, 7:11pm

Add a wind screen
Add a wind screen to that stove, a folded section of kitchen aluminium foil is the lightest.

In Gear Lists » The other weight of gear aka. I have too much gear!
June 08, 4:26pm

feedback and insights
Feedback insights: _________________________________________________________ I went thru your gear list, and pretty much every item would be considered "traditional" gear. Especially...

In Gear Lists » Trying this Ultralight thing...
June 06, 11:07pm

this is a "TRADITIONAL" gear list
Andrew, Okay - I started trying to review our list and give you some feedback. But what you are listing here is a "TRADITIONAL" gear list. And - remember - this forum is for LIGHTWEIGH...

In Gear Lists » Trying this Ultralight thing...
June 06, 4:41pm

Hitchhiking is easy in Wyoming.
Hitchhiking is easy in Wyoming. The thumb is a beautiful travel tool in rural america. Fear not. also --- Listen to Ryan Hutchins Cabbibi! That route is the most profound area in the lowe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
June 06, 4:24pm

reply to James
James wrote: ----------------- "As with a LOT of UL techniques, it takes a knowledge of what you are doing and the terrain you are doing it in to be safe. From warmth, shelter, walking, wate...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 04, 7:30pm

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