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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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40 deg bag in Colorado?
Ted, Are you hiking in the Rockies? I would assume that you would encounter much cooler temperatures than 40 degree F in the Rockies even in the summer.

In Gear Lists » some input on my current gear list please
February 10, 4:43pm

Like Ben said...
I got mine in 2008 and it also has the zipper and pockets. How much does your button down jacket weigh? (and what size is it?) Mine is an XL and it weighs 9.5oz

In GEAR » UL Montbell Jacket
February 06, 7:04pm

Back to Ted
Hey Ted, +1 on the thermarest stuff sack pillow. I also carry one and got flack for it. It is one of the nicest pieces of extravagence in my pack and it has a double use. A stuff sack for my Prolit...

In Gear Lists » some input on my current gear list please
February 06, 6:55pm

Sprint Aquatics
I use these for camp shoes. I have never crossed a stream in them and I am not sure they would be safe for crossing. Not much traction on the slippery rocks. These are great camp shoes though. G...

In GEAR » Watershoes
February 06, 6:44pm

No one would want my old Boy Scout equipment
I have a Gregory Whitney that weighs 7lbs 2oz from back in 1999. It's comfortable but no one on BPL would want that lunker. I agree with Justin though. I could not get enough money for it to wa...

In GEAR » Who stocks enough gear for others?
January 31, 5:49pm

re: Using estimates
Sarah, I use a GPS as well when I am doing a trip with long days. I use National Geographics TOPO but the milage is always low. Normally I load the track into the GPS and then just leave it off ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you calculate mileage?
January 31, 5:35pm

Re:Who stocks enough gear for others?
I have 3 backpacks, 3 tents, 3 or 4 sleeping bags and pads... I have loaned this out to people though so they won't go out an purchase the wrong stuff before finding out if they really like ...

In GEAR » Who stocks enough gear for others?
January 31, 5:22pm

Rough estimate from National Geographics TOPO
The rough estimate is all you really need. It's actually better not to try to keep track of your milage during the day as you are hiking. Why worry about it. I once hiked with a woman who kept ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you calculate mileage?
January 29, 9:20pm

4 season 2 person tent
I forwarding this question to BPL from another hiking forum since I know you guys will know the answer... Can anyone recomend a good 4-season 2-person tent that is not too heavy for snow camping...

In GEAR » 4 season 2 person tent
January 28, 4:30pm

Just received mine in the mail
Just received my size L down booties and they fit perfectly and are really warm. I went ahead and put on my Montbell Down Inners along with these booties and hopped into my sleeping bag. Cozeeey!! ...

In Gear Deals » Down Socks
January 27, 9:31pm

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