Thursday, September 1, 2016

an instructional with cartoons

the author and his book
I am an author now, just like 
Ernest Hemingway and Fyodor Dostoevsky!

Honestly, there is only one reason to write a book: to be taken seriously. And that's exactly what has happened to me. I am now a published author.
How to get this super cool book:
It's available thru a certain corporate giant mail-order book seller named after a river in Brazil... 
  [ linked HERE   
But, it's a whole lot more groovy to walk into you local bookstore with the title and this simple code: ISBN-10: 0762763841.


Brian said...

Congratulations Mike! When do you anticipate the book being available to purchase?

Rod Lawlor said...

Thanks Mike,

I just ordered a copy. I should have ordered two so I don't have to fight my 11yo for first read. Not sure if you want to add a link, but works well for non-US buyers, as they do free international shipping


Mike Clelland! said...

Available VERY soon, maybe within a few days!

Contact your local bookstore, and ask 'em to stock it on their shelves!

Please enjoy - It's meant to be FUN!

Ric said...

Mike, I just ordered a copy of your new boof from Amazon (previously purchased "Lighten Up") and can't wait to read it. I enjoyed your illustrations in "Lighten Up!" now I can get the best of noth worlds (tips and illustration).

You should consider guide work in your future.


NatureGuided said...

I kept my fingers crossed when I bought this book that it would be useful and a good read. I've now read it through the first time, of what will be many, and I found this to be the best backpacking book ever. This is a book to be taken seriously, but it's a joy to read. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks...

Giggo said...

the book worth reading over and over and over, then read it again until you get 25pounds :)

LayCraft said...

Firstly, I love this book. I have read it cover to cover several times and I only bought it last week.

I purchased the book because I am in the process of replacing most of my trad gear right now. All of my old gear is for one person and now I always go with my wife. The book has already saved me more money than the cost of the book since I built my own popcan stove to replace my broken stove.

My one multipurpose convenience Item that I bring with me on every trip is my iPhone. I use it infrequently and in offline mode most of the time to save batteries. I use it for offline maps, occasionally gps & the gps compass function, the camera instead of a standalone camera, and I save info like tide tables on it. The most important function of it is to keep a whole library of ebooks that can help me with plant identification, sound recording ("That definitely wasn't a barred owl.") , and other things relating to carrying reference information. It only weighs 4.8 ounces.

The ironic part is that I can't bring it with me without adding weight to my pack. I would love it as an ebook.

It is definitely the best backpacking book that I have read. The illustrations help me remember techniques, . We are definitely going to be spending a lot more time adventuring and less time in camp.

Moondust said...

Mike, I love your new book! (And there are not many books I love.) But you need to take your grammar as seriously as your grams and hire a new editor. That should be "Hot off the presses!" :)

Trish said...

Yay! Congratulations!!

Adam Green said...

Just read the book and absolutely love it. Your tips will definitely make backpacking a lot more fun (because it's just so much simpler your way).

If you'd like another testimonial, I'd be happy to provide one. Just email adam [at]

Anonymous said...

I checked your book out from our public library. I liked it enough I will be ordering my own copy to keep for reference.

I have a moderate level of traditional backpacking experience but nothing extensive. I've been into running trail ultras the last few years but plan to gravitate towards lightweight backpacking and less running. Your book has given me a great starting point. Thanks.

Peter Evans said...

I got this book after reading through it in the store, very well thought -out book... I don't agree with all the advice, but I do most of it. Great reading and illustrations. Thanks for the tips :)

Jan Klassen said...

I just finished reading your book this morning. I have only been backpacking/ hiking for five years. My first 5 day trip I started with a 50lb pack and I was a 48 yr old woman. (Still am a woman but I am 53 now!) anyways, I fell in love with the experience. I have been making or modifying gear since and I DO think it is fun to take out the scales and weigh stuff. My latest project was Adair of knee high gortex socks made from an old gortex jacket at the thrift store. Cost was $3.00, weight1oz though I still need to seam seal them. My friends and even my husband think I am obsessed and smile patiently, even indulgently at my "tinkering".
Anyways, your book has been a jewel! I am recommending it to many and lending it to a couple. Interestingly I am trying to minimize the stuff in my home, clearing out years of it dovetails nicely that I am trying to reduce my backpack load. I aim this summer to have a backpack base weight of 10 to 14 lbs and I feel good about that. I solo trek regularity and love what the philosopher Kierkegaard said about the fact that in nature the walls between an and God become thinner.
All to say that your book, coupled with your excellent illustrations will be a favourite resource for me. Your mindset and philosophy are ones I aspire to attain! I am grateful that you were granted the time and inspiration to write it.
Here is my one tip that I just discovered. Instead of a pot gripper I will take one of those squeeze type paper clips and use that. It gripped my pot perfectly, kept my fingers out of heats way, cost nothing since I had it already and weighs .1 of an ounce!
Ok, thank you again!!!!

Jan Klassen said...

Oh dear, I was working on a tiny screen without my glasses.....I did not even see all the typos. Hope you can make sense of it all! Sorry!

sweerek said...


I suggest for your next book, you bring far forward and strongly emphasize decreasing foot weight.

You briefly point out effective weight is 5x (yes, research shows its 4-6x). For example, going from the best Men's boot to the best hiking shoe in OutdoorGearLab, you both save ~$50 and the equiv of 13 lbs. pack weight (3.5 to 1.1 lbs.). There's nothing else in your fine books that even comes close to that kinda weight savings.

Since you've far more time & skill in researching, arguing, and presenting ultralight ideas, please address the boot-shoe-sock-gaiter area in more detail in your next book (which I'll definitely buy).


sweerek said...

A minor correction wrt Tip 98 more of a geeky heat transfer factoid.

The reason open meadows are colder at night isn't elevation (most are same level as nearby woods) but rather the inverse of why they are warming during the day. During the day the sun (radiant heat) warms illuminated objects while shaded items stay cool. (Duh.) But at night, all objects also radiate heat. When in the meadow you radiate to space but cold deep space doesn't return the favor. In the woods trees and such radiate and reflect heat to you.

Factoid, tent walls in open fields at night have been measured to be 30 degrees colder than the air. (That's also why you get dew w/o fog and frost w/o air below 32 degrees F.)

sweerek said...

Tip for #55, first aid kit.

Please add two brief lines:

1. Personal prescription/emergency medicines (e.g. EpiPen).

2. Spare pair of prescription glasses if legally blind inside a case. If glasses are lost, its an emergency since you can't navigate or even trailwalk.

sweerek said...
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sweerek said...

Kudos on Tip 105 wrt water (non-)treatment.

Research show folks are far more likely to get sick from not washing hands than drinking untreated backcountry water. (But little science was completed on non-backcountry water sources.)

If you want to go a bit further and/or these support ideas w/ research in your next book, google "Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts."

It would also be cool if a lab researched your Aquamira variations. Any readers out there in a university biochemistry department looking for a Masters thesis?

sweerek said...

Tips 120 & 123. For your Boy Scout and Venture Crew readers, BSA banned alcohol stoves due to safety concerns, but solid fuel tabs are still legit.

Tip 123. Simplest fuel tablet stove I've made and now teach our local Scouts -- take an empty tomato paste can and using a church key (recall what you used to open metal fruit punch cans as a kid?) punch 4 triangle holes on top and bottom of can. Drop 1-2 tabs inside and light by holding & tilting can over lighter. Use with a Caldera Cone for 1-3 cups water, or if solo place a soda can with 1- 1.5 cups water in it directly atop it. Wrap a loose wind screen around it (aluminum foil or walls from another soda can). Tomato paste can focuses flame to center of pot and is the stand for the soda can.)

(Like many, I've built & tested dozens of alcohol & fuel tab stoves, always aiming for simple & reliable.)

rwc said...

Great book! Thank you. I read the Kindle version and wanted to let you know that if black and white are reversed the chapter headings disappear. Also, the drawings, when expanded, do not resolve into higher resolution. I assume both are formatting fixes that you could make as an update.



John Galt said...

There is a product sold at home depot called clear shell. Made of crab shells and will prevent bacterial from growing for weeks. Spray socks, shorts, etc. it's made for decks and awnings but is sold industrially for sports gear and keeping wet towels for molding. Made from crab shells and is safe next to the skin, weighs almost nothing.

Albert einstien said...

Splendid information you have given here in the blog, you have actually impressed me yes!!

Pl Scott said...

bought the book last year and LOVE it. I use the contents to help me in both bikepacking and backpacking. I will use the recipes too.

Unknown said...

Thanks, too, for all the vegetarian recipes!

Your book has totally changed my approach to backpacking!!

Anonymous said...

I love your book and have read it several times. I also love your videos which have been great for expanding the information in your book. I wish you would make more! You have also not posted on your blog for a long time and wish you would come back to it--your posts are very enjoyable as well as educational.

Anonymous said...

Just got the's a must have! I found several of your video's too. Love to see one on the cook system in action!

Sinfonian said...

I was recommended the book by a fellow scout dad and bought it from my local Amazon site (yes I live in their home town of Seattle) only to find I was already a subscriber to your YouTube channel. The book is great if not a tad crazy. No offense.

I came here to try to find the gear lis for your 25 pound pack with 10 days of food. I now know it's very doable from your book but it would be helpful for the visual folks like me. Thanks!

Christian said...

Very informative and fun to read. I'll recommend it to my travel friends!

Jay Ren said...

I might just have to look into this!

Hery Poter said...

Hi Mike,
i love your book Witch you share this blog. Ultralight backpacking is more effective for hiker and traveler. Start by comparing your usual gear collection with the items outlined on the printer-friendly REI ultralight backpacking checklist. It is an intentionally comprehensive list that you can use to pick and choose items that are most essential to you.

Joe Davidson said...

Hey Mike! I am feeling liberated and excited to plan for UL experiments in 2017 after reading your book. I spent some time hauling very heavy packs working with conservation corps after college, I'm guessing somewhat in line with your wet-rope mountaineering loads. I started to see a new light when I read Ray Jardine's lightweight hiking, and ULBT has really sealed the deal. I sure do appreciate your voice, illustrations, and guidance getting myself back out into the woods. Not too far from home, here in Denver, but I needed a new mindset to get excited to plan and go. All good! @jrdavids

Jenna Catlin said...

The book does sound like a great idea. Fun read.
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Gnat! said...

I just finished reading your book. I asked for it for Christmas. I can usually not stay awake when reading. I can't do it normally. I read it over two days, which is amazing for me. Thank you so much for writing it! I'm now waiting for delivery of the really cool backpackin' book lol, and I MUST wait until January 2nd (grrrrr) don't know how I'll manage that but I guess I will.

Thank you!!!!

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