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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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re: Montbell Inner Down Parka and Pants
Thanks Pamela and Denis, I was referring to the Montbell Thermawrap jacket/pants as you surmised. You answered my question perfectly. I guess I have no excuse to avoid the light weight 35deg F ...

In GEAR » Wearing Jacket to Bed to Boost Bag Rating
January 09, 10:35pm

Montbell Down Inner Parka and Pants
I purchased the Montbell Down Inner Parka and Pants for this same purpose. Do you think these will provide the same additional warmth as the Thermaloft series? I am still using my 3 lb 20 deg Blue ...

In GEAR » Wearing Jacket to Bed to Boost Bag Rating
January 09, 5:12pm

KlearWater is coming back
I sent an email to the XiniX team and received a reply. They say that Klear Water is coming back soon in a big way. I am not sure what that means exactly but it is good news for Klear Water fans. I...

In GEAR » Does "KlearWater" Water Treatment Still Exist?
December 05, 10:19am

Do the Katadyn MicroPUR tablets work the same way as Klear Water?
Do the Katadyn Micropur tablets work the same way as the Klear Water? For instance, one dose of Klear Water will purify one liter in 15mins or,...if you have time, one dose of Klear Water will puri...

In GEAR » Does "KlearWater" Water Treatment Still Exist?
December 02, 2:08pm

Any update on Klear Water?
Hello, Has there been any update from the Klear Water people? Sure hate to see a cool product like this disappear!

In GEAR » Does "KlearWater" Water Treatment Still Exist?
December 01, 4:28pm

Just rent the Garcia for $5. You can return it at any ranger station.
I did a partial JMT from Happy Isles to Red's Meadows last summer. Right before we left a woman and her son from my hiking club decided to join in for a partial of my partial. She sat and liste...

In GEAR » Bear Canister Rental on JMT
October 22, 1:58pm

Rub a little neosporin (ie: triple anti-biotic cream) on your inner thighs and it acts as both a cure and a prevention. I was on a 12 day trip and was seriously suffering from chafing (so much I co...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Overcoming Chafe for LONG hikes????
December 12, 12:39pm

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