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Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
mike, on 04/19/2011 12:29:26 MDT Print View

So mike, did i read that right? You haven't been on a trip longer than a couple nights with an ultralight setup?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/19/2011 12:54:49 MDT Print View

You read wrong.

He specifically details out a 10 day trip.

Tom J. Hart
(harttj) - MLife
Mike's Book on 04/19/2011 19:05:52 MDT Print View

I tried to buy it via my Kindle app. No go. Is that because it will not be released until May or that it will not be available on the Kindle. Other books Mike has done are on the Kindle. Just wondering.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
excited! on 04/19/2011 22:53:30 MDT Print View

Mike, the books you've worked on have long been my favorite backcountry guides. Something about those boing marks! That and your pictures remind me of my art/illustration-loving childhood. Attention everyone-- If you can't wait for BPL, head on over to amazon! It's there and ready to ship...woohoo !!!!!! """"""""""""""""""" '"""""""""""""""" !!

Edited by Konrad1013 on 04/19/2011 22:54:29 MDT.

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
david.. on 04/20/2011 00:24:20 MDT Print View

"You read wrong.

He specifically details out a 10 day trip."



"The short over-nighters are a great way to fine-tune my systems. But the real test is to put everything I’ve learned on these short little trips into something a bit more bold. This summer, I wanna do a ten-day trip with an ultralight set-up."




From the wording if that you could understand my question, David?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/20/2011 08:44:55 MDT Print View

Ah, I see.

Hello Mike? Where are you? Need some clarification.

Daniel Goldenberg
(dag4643)

Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: excited! on 04/20/2011 08:52:58 MDT Print View

My Clelland book is supposed to arrive today from Amazon.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/20/2011 10:15:45 MDT Print View

Backpacking Light's shipment of these books is in and they are on sale in our Gear Shop. I started reading (and more importantly, looking at the pictures) my copy of it last night and I can honestly say it is a valuable book even for someone like me who considers himself a pretty seasoned UL backpacker.

I've had the pleasure of leading educational courses in the backcountry with Mike and I can say that I've learned a LOT from Mike. He is a fountainhead of information who walks a line balanced perfectly between nerdy-scientist and goofy-artist. I am humbled to have been mentioned in Mike's acknowledgements at the book's beginning and can safely say I approve of the words and illustrations between the front and back cover of this book.

Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips for Extremely Lightweight Camping

Clelland - UL Tips

Edited by sharalds on 04/20/2011 13:55:59 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/20/2011 12:54:54 MDT Print View

There is definitely something wrong with the cover. Mike doesn't use trekking poles!

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/20/2011 13:55:17 MDT Print View

Except that's not Mike on the cover ; )

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
thanks! on 04/20/2011 14:14:37 MDT Print View

1) No, I don't use trekking poles, but when I drew the sketch for the cover, I did it at first without trekking poles, and it felt a little empty. i added the trekking pose simply because I thought it helped the image a little.

And it sorta looks like me, and maybe all my cartoons sorta look like me (sorta).

2) I've done a few UL trips for up to 14 days (13 nights) when I've worked for NOLS. My base weight was at around 10 even, and we had a load of food delivered at the half-way point, so approx. a 6 or 7 day ration period back to back.

I've done a few week long UL trips while NOT in a teaching role. But, I've never actually done a 10-day trip with a UL pack.

I've done PLENTY of longer format trips (more than 10 days) with huge loads (skiing, mountaineering, traditional, etc).

My plan for the summer is to make sure I do a 10-day trip with a pack weight under 25 pounds (excluding water). I don't foresee any problems, I just wanna make sure I do it so I can properly promote the book.

3) Sam is awesome!

Edited by mikeclelland on 04/20/2011 14:15:36 MDT.

francis siracusa
(fsiracusa) - MLife

Locale: Northeast
153 Tips on 04/20/2011 15:12:58 MDT Print View

Clelland! & SamH as instructors on a 3 day BPL course in Montana two years ago was my intro to lightweight trecking. Very dense learning experience and enjoyable as well. Mike and Sam challenged nearly every item in the pack. Mike's book reads just as he instructs on the trail. Both left brain and right brain product here!!!

Well done!

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/20/2011 17:13:54 MDT Print View

>Except that's not Mike on the cover ; )

Kinda looks like Doug Johnson.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/22/2011 07:38:48 MDT Print View

Travis,

Mike's shave saved

0.000160 grams

in weight.

We have to keep the metric crowd happy.

Klic tock, klic tock, klic tock, I'm anxiously awaiting delivery of my copy.;-)

Party On,

Newton

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/22/2011 11:20:33 MDT Print View

> Mike's book reads just as he instructs on the trail. Both left brain and right brain product here!!!

I'm about 1/2 through Mike's book now and his superb verbal teaching skills translate wonderfully to the pages of this book. Frank hits it on the nose with his remark about right and left brain points of view. It's one of Clelland's qualities - the ability to provide the scientists with an answer about a specific weight in grams, calories, et al just as well as he can provide the lovers with a response about beauty, elegance, and groovy vibes.



Frank overlooking Thompson Lake, Absaroka Mountain Range, SW Montana, September 2009.

Edited by sharalds on 04/22/2011 11:21:40 MDT.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips on 04/25/2011 18:03:09 MDT Print View

My copy just showed up in my mailbox a day early. I'm off to enjoy a good read and a good laugh and I may just learn something before I'm done. ;-)

Party On,

Newton

Karple T
(ctracyverizon)

Locale: Mid-Alantic
Ultralight Book on 04/29/2011 12:34:28 MDT Print View

Hey Mike -

Congrats on your book!
I love your illustrations and writing style.

Cheers,
Craig

Edited by ctracyverizon on 06/07/2011 09:02:33 MDT.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Interview with Mike Clelland! on 04/29/2011 12:36:58 MDT Print View

I finished reading this a couple days ago and am planning to review it on my blog next week. It's a superb combination of humor, intelligence, and grooviness.

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
Thanks Sam! on 05/03/2011 13:37:30 MDT Print View

Huge thanks Sam!

Just so y'know - This book was fun to do. I worked hard to keep it as sparse as possible, I wanted it short and simple. I went thru the text and compulsively used my word processor to subtract anything that felt extraneous. I kept anything childish or cute.

-

And - I created a companion blog:
LINK
> > > > > >
http://ultralightbackpackintips.blogspot.com/

Edited by sharalds on 05/03/2011 13:51:55 MDT.