Apr 25, 2013 at 8:09 am #1302169
I'm sure many of you have heard of him, but if not, check out Mike Clelland's videos on ultralight backpacking. After watching his videos (specifically his 'What's in my Pack' and 'The Dinky Stuff part 1 and 2'), I got out all my gear, looked at what I REALLY needed, made some adjustments, and cut 4 pounds from my base weight in an hour without buying any new gear. I'm currently at 13 pounds (down from 17). I could save another 3 pounds or so by getting a MUCH lighter pack (my current is Teton Sports Scout 3400, 4.5 pounds), and a lighter filter (Katadyn Hiker, 13 ounces). I'll also lose about a pound in summer by using a lighter sleeping bag. So, moral of the story, check out his videos.Apr 25, 2013 at 8:16 am #1980384
Mike Clelland works at Backpackinglight’s Wilderness Trekking School and writes articles for BPL.Apr 25, 2013 at 8:18 am #1980385
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Good for you on your "weight loss"! Feels good, huh?
Mike IS full of knowledge, in fact he was a staff member on this very site for years, and has authored books on lightweight backpacking. Great reads, IMO.
I own his "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips" and have enjoyed it.Apr 25, 2013 at 10:18 am #1980413
@hikin_jimLocale: Orange County, CA, USAApr 25, 2013 at 11:40 am #1980453
lulz. I was at the climbing gym last night and some one had dropped off a bunch of old climbing magazines from 2005-2006. Sure enough the first article I thumbed to was illustrated by Mike C.
He's a fairly prolific illustrator for outdoor oriented writing and used to be very active on this site.
As for where he's been lately, probably abducted by aliens…Apr 25, 2013 at 11:54 am #1980458
@hikin_jimLocale: Orange County, CA, USA
Maybe this is the explanation? ;)Apr 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm #1980485
@scottbentzLocale: Southern California
"I'm currently at 13 pounds (down from 17)"
Nice job on going lighter without spending money.
"a lighter filter (Katadyn Hiker, 13 ounces)"
Read more here and you will see most do not use filters. If you found Mike C's videos look at the one where he uses Aqua Mira drops. That is chlorine dioxide which you can also buy in tablet form. Depending upon where you hike a filter is most likely not necessary.
Keep lurking and you will be amazed how many great ideas there are here on this and other sites.Apr 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm #1980495
Yeah. When I said 'filter' I meant any type of water treatment.Apr 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm #1980522
Actually a lot of people use filters still, mostly the sawyer squeeze. Really depends on where you hike (alpine mountains ClO2 works well as backup, slow moving muddy creeks a filter is real nice). I just got a squeeze myself because I hike so much in cattle country that the convenience/time factor is hard to beat for a 1oz weight penalty.
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