[ a nifty companion to the book ]
From the AMAZON comments:This book rocks. You can futz around with everything and listen to conventional wisdom or take the leap of faith and go to the ultralight world. It is so simply put forward, and so well illustrated that you get the experience and the information in such an entertaining way that it's a fun read, start to finish. Nice how someone possesses the talent to put all that experience into writing. You can surf forums all day, but the tips in this book go further than those discussions and give you the ticket to a great wilderness experience. Best backpacking book I've read.
From amazon dot com reviews! So far, all of 'em are five stars!________________* * * * *This book will appeal to everyone from the technogeek backpacker trying to shave ounces from their pack to the philosopher/humorist/cartoon lover looking for some advice on easier ways to find Nirvana in the wilderness. Well done reading for both the right and left brain!!- FS________________* * * * *I reformed and became a light packer ever since a grueling hike in West Virginia last year, and I'm always looking for ways to tweak my gear and shed more weight. This book has lots of info and gets you thinking about ways to trim the fat out of your kit. While most of the tips were things I've already done, I still gained quite a few ideas for making my gear more efficient. It's a quick read, and easy to refer back to. Like the other reviewers have stated, Clelland's writing style is light-hearted with silly humor throughout. Pretty much my only point of disagreement is going into the wilderness without a knife. The author advises just carrying a single edged razor in your kit. Is this fine for most trips? Almost certainly. But if you are like me, and most of your travels take you deep in the wilderness far from any help, going without a good knife is irresponsible at best. Remember Murphy.- William Fink "Will"________________
From the BPL site:__________________________________Mike,I just finished reading your ultralight tips book. I must say it is the best how-to book on backpacking I have ever read and I've read most of them. Thank you for your work and your love to share with others.Blessings,Rodney
Here's another review from Sam Haraldson:http://samh.net/backpacking/blog/2011/06/ultralight-backpackin-tips-by-mike-clelland.html
Another review from a fellow named Thomas (posted in an on-line forum)______________________________________I have been enjoying these tips online so much, I finally got busy and bought the book. A great book, I can't say enough good things about it.This particular tip "be here now" as I like to call it, is a great one. I'm sure I'm not alone in that I can "live in my head" way too much. It is a fine thing to turn all that off and fully tune in to what is aroundyou at a given moment. I find myself doing this more and more and this "tip" just echos this discovery. It is great to do this many times each day!The book is really a special work. Mike has a unique way about him that makes the book great fun, and full of all kinds of valuable information.My hat is off to Mike - a great work at many levels.
Okay I have to admit - It is one of the best (if not the best backpacking book you will ever pick up). Experienced or not you will learn from this book and it's easy to understand, fun to read. You will have trouble putting it down. My wife and I spent three days and two nights with Mike on a backpacking course. Trust me the book and Mike are the real deal. Think about this, for the cost of a cocktail you can have one of the best Ultralight books out there!
Two more 5 star reviews from amazon:_____________________This book is easy to read, very simple and straight to the point. This book won't waste your time. You don't have to be an ultralight backpacker to use these great tips. A must read for any camper or backpacker. Very well done.By O. Regil______________________Fun and informative. I have been doing the ultralight backpacking thing for several years now, and there were plenty of new tricks to be learned from this book. If you are pondering learning what ultralight backpacking is all about, this book would be a great way to get started.By THomas J. Trebisky
(found on the web)Ever since I bought your book, I have dropped 6 pounds from my skin-out weight. Thanks for the tips!- Ron Cooper
Ohhh, I just got a lowly ONE STAR review on amazon. Read an excerpt of what "cindy" has to say about my book:---------------... i cant really find one thing in there that is useful ... in one section it really tells you to use rocks, yes i said rocks as TP. REALLY and then tells you you dont need any kind of knife just a razor blade ... you may not need a knife, but i am not leaving home with out one i like to feel like i could defend myself if i had to...
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