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Laurence Beck (beckla) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me I was born in Kansas City,MO. but raised in Riverside,CA before moving to Orange County, CA in 1989. I developed a love for backpacking in the Boy Scouts as a kid so, in 2004, I joined a local Hiking and Backpacking Club. My lightweight testimony has been an evolving story. I started out in 2004 with a base weight around 40 lbs, made a transitional reduction to 30 lbs and then to 25 lbs over the last couple of years. Now, with the help of BPL forums, I am down to about 14 1/2 lbs including a bear canister.
CitySan Juan Capistrano
StateCalifornia
CountryUSA
My PDF Gear ListMar 2011 - Stuck at 15-16 lbs

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All Forum Posts by Laurence Beck

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MSR Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets
Does anyone have any experience with these tablets? I used to use Xinix Klear Water and that went away then I switched to Katadyn Micropur tablets and now I can't seem to find them either. I...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » MSR Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets
August 13, 2:35pm

REI Dividend time
I just took advantage of the REI 20% sale and yearly dividend. Last year I completely outfitted my daughter for snow boarding (all from REI) so this year I got a "free" Neo-Air XLite plus...

In GEAR » Thermarest NeoAir XLite First Impressions
March 24, 10:29pm

How many bag nights for 2011?
This past year I am happy to report that I have spent almost an entire month in my sleeping bag on the trail. I have a total of 28 bag nights logged. This is especially high for me since I have a f...

In Chaff » How many bag nights for 2011?
December 30, 11:59am

XiniX Klear Water is still not available?
I have given up XiniX. Katadyn's Micropur tablets work just as well, they're easier to use, and they are much lighter.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » XiniX Klear Water
December 16, 4:42pm

re: What do you do?
Embedded Firmware "Engineer". (Guilty as charged) I was at Purple Lake on the JMT this summer and we had a little camp fire which attracted everyone camping there to come by. We did a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you do for a living?
December 15, 2:37pm

re: Undereating
This past summer I completed an 18 day hike of the JMT and I was definately suffering from undereating in the last 3-4 days. I unhealthfully lost 19.5 lbs over the 18 day trip and that even include...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Undereating.
December 15, 2:27pm

gps coordinates N 36 41.504 W 118 22.343
I did the JMT this summer again with two other guys and we specifically looked for Donald I. Down's memorial. It is located at gps coordinates N 36 41.504 and W 118 22.343. Another highlite of ...

In Post-Trip Reports » In memory of Donald I. Downs
October 12, 10:55pm

XiniX Klear Water
It seems that Xinix is going to start producing its Klear Water product this month. Is BPL going to carry it again? I received this email from XiniX: ===========================================...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » XiniX Klear Water
April 04, 11:17am

Zpack Dynemma x32 (3200 cu in)
Does anyone have any experience with this pack and a full bear canister? The pack weighs less than 13oz.

In Gear Lists » 16 lb Dilemma
March 21, 6:08pm

Good Suggestions
"Granite Gear Vapor Trail ------ REPLACE with lighter option ------- 24 oz max!" Someone above suggested the Zpack. I see the ZPacksā„¢ Dyneema X32 Gridstop - Will this handle a Bearik...

In Gear Lists » 16 lb Dilemma
March 21, 5:45pm

All Reader Reviews by Laurence Beck

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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1
I purchased the Big Agnes SL1 three years ago and I have spent at least 30 nights in it. I am only 6 ft tall so the length is actually perfect for me. The real beauty of this tent is that it is light ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 28, 8:27pm

Klearwater Klearwater
I have been using KlearWater for about 3-4 years and I love it. I refrigerate it while not in use and I have never had to throw out a bottle. My favorite feature is the ability to treat a larger quant...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
April 27, 12:08pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
I used Nat. Geographic's TOPO California to plan a John Muir Trail hike last summer (06). It was great at showing profiles and I loaded waypoints to my Garmin GPSMAP 60C. The one slight ptoblem is...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 07, 5:18pm