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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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Drop Stoppers Microporous Polypropylene Rainsuit
I use these as a summer in the northern rockies rain layer. Mostly - the rain events are short, and (typically) the weather is mostly dry. I am super careful when I have 'em on. I use em as...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 18, 11:20am

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Agreed. These have the most calories per ounce that I've found. And - less expensive than the LARA bars (that I also like) I wish they had more organic ingredients.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 07, 7:04pm

Mike Clelland! GOO Energy Gel
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...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 02, 10:21am

tiny BIC lighter (the cute one)
The TINY BIC lighter ----------------- WEIGHT: only 0.4oz ! These are the LITTLE version, and they are easy to find at the gas station cash register. Cost : about a buck This is the c...

In Miscellaneous Products
November 27, 9:28am

Tiny Knife - Gerber Micro-Lite LST
GERBER micro-lite LST ------------------- This is a very simple little knife. No fluff. This is NOT a multi tool. It has a 2 inch body whan closed, and a 1.5 inch blade when opened. It looks li...

In Miscellaneous Products
November 27, 9:16am

FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I like (love) a big pillow! I have had very good results with the larger sized DUAL chamber pillow. My strongest advice: DON'T OVERINFLATE THE PILLOW!!! It feels much less "wabbly" if it's j...

In Miscellaneous Products
November 25, 9:10am

Hydropel Sports Ointment
I love this stuff. I do long trips (30 days) a few times a year, and I deal with a crew of about 15 teammates on these trips. We took a tube on a 30-day trip in alaska, and we started calling it th...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
November 21, 1:09pm

MEC Evazote Foam Pad 5mm 3/4 lentth BIVI
THis bright yellow pad is amazing. It is VERY thin, and I cannot recommend it as your only pad, but it is excellent and very durable. A good option for using under and inflatable 3/4 pad in the sho...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
November 13, 8:28am

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Insul Mat Über-Lite
The UBER-LITE has such an odd shape that it is hard for folks to sleep on it. I spent 12 nights with a team of 10 people doing an ambitious light-weight camping trip. 9 of us had the UBER-LITE and I h...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
November 13, 8:12am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These are simple and light, and they do just what they need to do. Keep dirt and little seeds out of yer shoes. Simple and very cheap! Only $15 THey are designed for trail runners, but the cross-ov...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 13, 7:52am