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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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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

Avatar?
Juston, What is depicted in your avatar? Larry

In Chaff » Because I can...
February 26, 12:31pm

Type-O
Sorry Bob. That is 1.5 oz. (one and one-half ounces).

In Gear Lists » Req'd To Spend $125 - Help Me Lighten Up
February 25, 9:51pm

Sorry for the hijack
Zachary, Sorry for hijacking your thread. It looks like you are getting some good advice from this group though. Where will you primarily be hiking?

In Gear Lists » Req'd To Spend $125 - Help Me Lighten Up
February 25, 9:50pm

Glad Force Flex
I am thinking of using a Glad Force Flex 33 gallon, 1.05 mil bag. I just re-weighted it and it weighs 1/5 oz AND it fits perfectly over my Vapor Trail. I will have to experiment to see if cutting s...

In Gear Lists » Req'd To Spend $125 - Help Me Lighten Up
February 25, 9:45pm

1.5 oz on a postal scale
Bob, I weighed the trash bag I am going to use at 1.5oz on a postal scale. While it is not heavy duty, it is not as thin as a grocery bag. I have a bonified pack cover at home that weighs almost...

In Gear Lists » Req'd To Spend $125 - Help Me Lighten Up
February 25, 5:41pm

Trash Bag Pack Cover?
Bradford, Would you advise against using a large trash bag as a pack cover? It would weigh about 1.5oz. You would have to put it over the pack and make slits for the pack straps to come through....

In Gear Lists » Req'd To Spend $125 - Help Me Lighten Up
February 25, 5:11pm

F250 Super Duty 4 door diesel
The best vehicle I have ever owned is my Ford 2001 F250 Super Crew 4wd diesel truck! It is 9 years old and I have put about 120K miles on it but it runs like new! I recently had to replace the gear...

In Chaff » Good Morning Everyone... Let's have Coffee
February 25, 4:52pm

Why not single serving instant
Starbucks has recently introduced single serving "tubes" of instant coffee. The one I tried was Italian Roast and it was great. "One a day keeps the monkey at bay" Each servi...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG SP 700 French Press, mark 1
February 24, 5:46pm

Re: Haven't had a need for a vestibule
Cooking an evening meal in your vestibule during a heavy rain is a very rewarding experience!

In GEAR » New BD Nano Shield FirstLight Tent
February 19, 11:28pm

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