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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/
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All Forum Posts by Mike Clelland

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Alcohol vs White Gas?
Alcohol vs White Gas? ================ If I do a LONG trip, WHITE GAS proves LIGHTER. - and - If I do a SHORT trip, ALCOHOL proves LIGHTER. (but where is the cut off?) Alcohol stoves ...

In GEAR » Alcohol vs White Gas?
November 16, 9:47am

Good info
This is great info! I do a lot of winter camping, and I often think I should go thru this exercize, I am glad you did it for me! Also - any info for an MSR WisperLight? I know it is pretty s...

In GEAR » MELTING SNOW: Fuel Efficiency and Boil Time Comparisons of Four Gas Backpacking Stoves in Winter Conditions
November 16, 9:18am

GOO
Yes - that's me... Thank you for the kind words (and Don's book is really great!) As far as flavors with the goo... I have tried a little experimentation, but it's hard. The syrup is SO unbel...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Homemade GOO!
October 25, 7:52pm

bear country
The electric bear fence is a great new tool. It has been used successfully on courses for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). It's easy to use. And outfitters are using it in greater num...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Electric Bear Fence
October 12, 9:12am

Re: For ski mountaineering
Patagonia's Rain Shadow Jacket, comes in at 13 oz. That's light! But, alas - this isn't a mountaineering jacket - it's a rain coat. It's pretty sweaty. Perfect for standing around in the rain ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Shell Jackets for Winter Climbing
October 02, 12:08am

Homemade GOO!
HOMEMADE GOO I've been using a form of homemade sports gel, and it's been really successful - and I have a circle of friends that are way into it! I read the ingredient of a few popular gel p...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Homemade GOO!
September 17, 9:27am

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