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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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What do you throw in at the last minute?
I am curious. I have my own gear list with a base weight around 15-16 lbs but then I am always tempted to throw something in at the last minute before leaving. In my case I am always tempted to tos...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you throw in at the last minute?
May 19, 10:13am

Water cooled
I love hiking in the Sierras in a summer rain. (Sounds like a song) If your rain shell has pit zips you can actually extend your bare forearms out through the pit zips and have a nice water cool...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Choosing to hike in the rain
April 15, 4:37pm

re: Rain gear
You could probably forgo the rain pants as well since, even though you will get some rain, it is normally is not constant in the Sierras. The driducks rain jacket weighs 5.8oz I believe.

In Gear Lists » Preliminary LMT gear list
March 28, 6:19pm

That's thinking outside of the box (I mean bag)
Bob Blean - That is a darn good idea! Carry the food in a plastic bag then store the food properly at camp. Carrying the bear canister on top would be nothing if it was empty.

In GEAR » Get at this bear can and conduit delimna
March 17, 11:09pm

Flambeau!
You could have tossed a match in and had a flambeau!

In GEAR » Bad Experience with Mountain House Dinner?
March 17, 11:01pm

Bear canister
You are usually required to carry a bear canister in the Sierra's so it is very important to pull out your lunch before you head out each morning. It's no huge issue to pull stuff out of yo...

In GEAR » What I would like to see on a pack...
March 10, 3:30pm

Cactus to Clouds
Nick, I think the Skyline trail is aka: Cactus to Clouds right? I hope no one takes that trail lightly! I have tried it three times. In each case I only made it to the upper tram station. First...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacker mag gear issue
February 28, 9:04am

Emigrant Wilderness north of Yosemite
The Emigrant Wilderness is a great place with tons of fishing lakes and the hiking does not seem that challenging. There are tons of trails and lakes so you could easily make a week trip out of it....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip Suggestions for Father and 8 y/o Son
February 27, 12:47pm

Llamas for rent
I did find a guy named Greg Harford in Sonora, CA that rents llamas. The cost is $55/day per llama and they can carry up to 75lbs. There are others listed in a website as well: http://www.bcllama.c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Llamas
February 26, 5:15pm

Bring it to California
Zachary, After you break it in, bring it out to California and hike the Sierra's. Larry

In Gear Lists » Req'd To Spend $125 - Help Me Lighten Up
February 26, 3:53pm

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