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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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Even without a pack...
I could not do the Rae Lakes Loop in a day even if I had a sherpa carrying my pack for me.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Rae Lakes Loop in a day.
September 30, 7:40pm

After a long day
As I mentioned in an earlier post, my problem with bathing even the 4 essential areas is that I usually arrive in camp too late to enjoy the afternoon sun. One possible solution to this would be to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cleanliness on the trail
September 30, 1:10pm

googled syNeo
I guess I should just take Andy's advice and "take the plunge". The bandana method would also help (as long as you rinse the bandana first). I googled syNeo and came up with this.....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cleanliness on the trail
September 29, 4:50pm

Cleanliness on the trail
On a one or two week backpack, hiking at least 15 miles per day, I find it very difficult to find the time to properly bathe. I've tried bath wipes that I picked up from REI but they really don...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cleanliness on the trail
September 29, 2:18pm

Congratulations
That is a testimonial for sure! I guess the baking powder removes the moisture where the bacteria breeds. I am sure that would work also. Congratulations on the weight loss! That's almost a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I avoid chafing?
September 28, 3:45pm

Yes - I meant Sportslick
I just think the primary cause is sweaty,dirty, bacteria. I am sure that friction is in there as a cause as well though. I know that triple antibiotic ointment works very well. I have not tried...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I avoid chafing?
September 28, 3:10pm

Ibuprofen takes a little time to work
My doctor's diagnosis was also plantar fasciitis but he did not have any good suggestions. I got the information for the ibuprofen overload from my sister the nurse. Of course she already knew ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Recover from a bruised heel
September 28, 2:26pm

Basic cause
The basic cause of chafing on the trail is dirt. We never keep quite as clean as we should. The Sport Stick solution someone mentioned above has the same active ingredient as triple antibiotic oint...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I avoid chafing?
September 28, 1:03pm

Cure and prevention
Darwin, The cure and prevention for trail chafing is Neosporin cream (triple antibiotic cream). Rub a little on the area in the morning before you take off.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I avoid chafing?
September 26, 10:07pm

Ibuprofen
I injured my heel on a rocky section of trail in the Sierra's back in 2005. It hurt for 2-3 years until my nurse sister gave me a suggestion. She told me to take 800mg of ibuprofen 3 times a da...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Recover from a bruised heel
September 26, 10:01pm

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