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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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you win :(
Gary, I got that same pack from GoLite, and i also cut a bunch of stuff off, but not as much as you did... I am shamed!

In Editor's Roundtable » Snags with Tags
November 29, 7:30pm

I cut off the labels
I cut off as many tags as i can. One reason I do this is because the reason I go into the wilderness is to get away from the oppressive mania of our modern culture. I hate having some little in...

In Editor's Roundtable » Snags with Tags
November 28, 9:56am

I have a long history of cooking in the Fry-Bake from my tenure at NOLS. I feel like I've a achieved a sort of mastery with this thing. I feel like I have perfected baking no-yeast muffins a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Fry Bake Gear and Technique (Video)
May 04, 10:35am

fear not
Oh fear not - I have GOBS more tips - just tips without cartoons!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
March 15, 4:26pm

update on these TIPS
We've covered ALL the tips with illustrations. THere are LOTS more tips in the book, but they don't have a cartoon. So - We can either REPEAT the tips with cartoon, or just post tips wit...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
March 15, 4:09pm

LIGHTEN UP by Don Ladigan is an excellent primmer to ULTRALIGHT TIPS. They are sort of meant to be purchased together, but they certainly stand alone too. ULTRALIGHT TIPS is dedicated to mor...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
January 27, 3:11pm

Do the best you can!
REPLY TO SCOTT: =================== What I usually say is to put the first few wiping "stones" into the hole, and then toss the other ones "out of the system" I try and to...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
January 09, 10:44am

In the Grand Canyon
There is a lot of sandstone in the desert southwest. This is pretty good. Smooth stones will show up in the natural washes. That said, many of the pants tend to be prickly and not at all appropr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
January 02, 4:11pm

Reply to Thomas =========== About the size of the bear spray can. I have recently seen a slightly smaller sized can, so you would save a few ounces. I would be very concerned about the small...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
December 21, 8:17pm

bear hang art
The PCT method is (very) clearly drawn in the book. -

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
December 14, 5:42pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike Clelland

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Glaceau Smart Water 1 Liter bottle
I give this bottle a 5 for PURE ascetics. These bottles are beautiful. Smooth and delightful! None of the LUMPIES on other bottles. They are delightful to pack, they slide in nice and smoothly ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 29, 9:20am

Montrail Hardrock
The review above is from my lightweight brother at NOLS, and I agree heartily. I work as an instructor for the school too, just like Ryan. The MONTRAIL HARDROCK was a recommended shoe on the NOLS e...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 02, 7:39pm

GoLite Virga
I have used the VIRGA extensivly, and think it's pretty close to perfect. There isn't ANYTHING on the market that is so light, and so inexpensive. My XL size weighs 10.1 oz. I have t...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 21, 8:38pm

The SPENCO foot-bed called the IRON-MAN is a really excellent and easy to find specialized foot-bed. I would highly recommend these for any shoe. The foot-beds that come with most shoes are simply ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 18, 7:40am

Antigravity Gear .4 oz pepsi style alcohol stove
The AGG pepsi stove is a suprisingly robust little unit. I can get a full boil on an MSR Ti-Kettle from the lower line. Alas, any alcohol stove is hard pressed to boil a lot of water. For small sol...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 02, 10:52am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
Sleeping is roughly one third of yer time in the backountry. Comfort and good sleep truly adds to your ability to travel well. This pad is a super nice balance between comfort and lightweight. P...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
June 07, 8:14am

GoLite Lair 2
This is a no-frills sil-nylon tarp. It has a nice asymmetrical shape, and super easy to set-up. I have slept thru some harsh weather (wind, snow & rain) with out any problems. The one big plu...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
June 07, 7:55am

Golite Ion
GoLite ION backpack: ================= * very durable, and at 9 oz, very light too. * small yes, making it suitable for only certain shorter warm weather trips. * it makes a good &quo...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 21, 10:36am

FireLite SUL Short Handled Titanium Spoon short handle
FireLite SUL Short Handled Titanium Spoon! = = = = = = = This thing is absolutly perfect. I am, deep down at a soul-level, not a spork user. The LONG handle version is good too, but it&#...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 19, 9:07am

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
Hi there - I was the illustrator of this book, and worked closely with Don throughout. Here's my take on this tidy little book. One day, Don called me up on the phone, and told me about his pr...

In Books and Media
March 24, 8:44am