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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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16 lb Dilemma
I have hit the stops on weight savings. My current base weight runs between 15 and 16 lbs and I am planning an 18 day JMT this summer with the longest segment being 9 days on one resupply. With ...

In Gear Lists » 16 lb Dilemma
March 21, 2:49pm

Gossamer Gear RikSak
I have been looking for a really lightweight summit pack to take on the John Muir Trail this summer and I found Gossamer Gear's RikSak. I just received it in the mail last night and I think it&...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear RikSak
March 09, 10:26am

How do you use the Dudadiesel Filter?
Roleigh, How do you use this Dudadiesal filter? I normally backpack in the Sierras and I carry XiniX Klear Water liguid chlorine dioxide treatment. A 1 ml drop treats one quart in 15 mins for Giard...

In GEAR » ultralight water prefilter
March 03, 2:34pm

Montbell Down Inners
Richard, I apologize if I am repeating something here. I actually received the same advice from this forum about 2 years ago. I exchanged my Northface Blue Kazoo 20 deg bag (50 oz) with a Mountain ...

In GEAR » Extending the range of your sleeping bag
February 28, 11:32am

+1 for Klear Water from XiniX
Nice to hear that Klear Water from XiniX is coming back. I actually still have some in my refridgerator but it won't last forever. One thing about Klear Water or Micropur tablets is that the ac...

In GEAR » Help me lighten/refine my approach to water treatment (FirstNeed vs. filter+tabs vs. steripen vs. ??)
February 04, 3:01pm

Thanks for the link
Thanks Doug, I should have just looked for Ben's website in this thread to begin with... Boy the internet is cool huh? I'll forward the link to my friend. I was pretty proud of my ...

In Gear Deals » Down Socks
December 16, 2:23pm

Still making these booties?
Ben, Are you still making these booties? I was in the Sierra's at Guitar Lake and one of the girls in my party got really cold so I loaned her my Mont-Bell Down Inners and the booties I p...

In Gear Deals » Down Socks
December 16, 2:14pm

I got one!
I finally purchased one of these Firelite 900's. I think the new model is slightly heavier than the older model but it is definately cool!

In GEAR » Firelite 900?
December 16, 2:06pm

Ditto on the hood
I have the parka as well. It is nice in camp and in the sleeping bag when the temps dip below freezing. I have the Mountain Hardware Phantom 32 bag and it dipped down to about 27 deg over Memorial ...

In GEAR » MB U.L.Down Inner Jacket - Sale ?
June 08, 2:24pm

I have one too
Here is a photo of my camp chair being "appropriated" by a cute young lady in our group... who could say no?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you throw in at the last minute?
May 19, 10:59am

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