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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
My PDF Gear ListMar 2011 - Stuck at 15-16 lbs

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All Forum Posts by Laurence Beck

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REI Flash 18?
David Lutz: Are you talking about the REI Flash 18? That weighs 10oz but if you are just using it as a removable extension to your pack then it effectively would not add weight provided that you ne...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Summit pack?
October 28, 4:41pm

Beautiful shot.
Nice shot. I, being from California, took the tourist route to Long's Peak. But even the Keyhole route is tougher than Whitney Portal. I did notice that there was a group of hikers with ropes a...

In Chaff » Colorado advice
October 28, 1:29pm

Don't forget the Rockies!
Here is a photo of the Keyhole Route to Long's Peak. It's a pretty cool hike but it can also tend to be a freeway.

In Chaff » Colorado advice
October 28, 10:16am

My first attempt at MYOG.
I was intrigued by the idea of making my own LW daypack so I purchased a SIL nylon bag (30L) and some straps from REI. The bag weighs 1oz and the three straps weigh about 1oz each before cutting th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Summit pack?
October 28, 10:09am

Beer can pot --- How much does it weigh?
Konrad/Mark, That's thinking out of the box! What is the volume and weight of the beer can? I know there are 24+oz beer cans out there like Foster's or Tecate but how much do they wei...

In GEAR » Beer pot + canister stove???
October 28, 6:58am

Montbell UL Spiral #3 ???
OK, It looks like the WM Summerlite is the bag for me. It is only 1 inch narrower than my REI Sahara so that should not be a problem. One more question then I'll shut up about this: "...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Highlite
October 23, 7:21pm

re: 16oz man
Deadbear, What do you think the low temperatures you encountered were? Was there ice on your water in the mornings? Larry

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Highlite
October 23, 3:07pm

No confusion detected
Bradford, Your original post is totally to the point and well understood. I am going to forget about the Highlite. Now I just have to decide between the Summerlite or the Megalite. This is de...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Highlite
October 22, 4:43pm

Thanks for the advice
I thought that would be the advice but I had to ask. I have also been musing between the Summerlite and the Megalite basically for the reason of the width. Hikin_Jim (on this forum) has a Summerlit...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Highlite
October 22, 4:07pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
Does anyone have any experience with the WM Highlite. This a 1/2zip, 35 degF, approx 16oz bag. I would be interested in this bag for the Sierras in August and September but I am a little concerned ...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Highlite
October 22, 3:22pm

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