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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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re: Fastest Wind Gust...
Would a tarp tent hold up in that?

In On the Web » wind speed record
January 26, 2:55pm

Llamas
I have a friend who wants to bring his two year old on a 6 day backpack next summer. Last summer we saw some people in King's Canyon with a little kid riding a llama. Anyone with experience wit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Llamas
January 26, 2:43pm

32 degF at rest
I also have the UL Parka with the hood and I have the pants. I normally wear these under my precip or a wind shirt but they seem very cozy at 32 degF to me. I think they would be too flimsy to just...

In GEAR » Question for Montbell UL down inner jacket users
January 26, 2:34pm

Thanks for the tip
Hi Jim, Thanks for the tip. Next time I'll get out there at the crack of dawn. I understand keeping people out of the danger areas who don't have the proper driving equip. but why stop s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » So Cal Hikers - San Jacinto Update
January 26, 12:02pm

Yosemite - near Cloud's Rest
I did the JMT portion from Yosemite Valley to Red's Meadows two years ago. My friend had the BV500 and I had the Garcia. We camped at the junction of Cloud's Rest trail on our first night a...

In GEAR » Ursack Update
January 26, 11:52am

San Bernardino Trail was great but Cal Trans is over-reacting
Cal Trans had route 38 closed to all but residents this weekend. I am driving a full sized 4wd truck and I have chains and even with this they would not let me in. Easy solution though... Myy frien...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » So Cal Hikers - San Jacinto Update
January 25, 11:52am

+1 on the Montbell Down Inners
If you bring these along you can opt for a lighter sleeping bag with only a 32 deg rating. Normally that is all you would need for 3 seasons but there are occasions that you will have an overnight ...

In Gear Lists » Clothing Advise/Guidance
January 23, 8:46pm

Osprey Aether 70
The Aether 70 weighs 4 lbs 10oz and it has a 4200 cu in capacity. Also: Its reduced to $204.93 at REI right now. These are very comfortable packs but they are not UL for sure but they can carry ...

In GEAR » Selecting a backpack for the load hauler
January 23, 2:55pm

San Bernardino Peak
I am heading for San Bernardino Peak tomorrow morning from the Angelus Oaks trail head. Can't wait.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » So Cal Hikers - San Jacinto Update
January 23, 2:44pm

Fly Creek 2 vs Fly Creek 1 ??
I have a BA SL1 and I love the fact that it's a standalone, double walled, one man tent with enough room to maneuver in. I use a 20 inch wide mat and there is plenty of room on each side to sto...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Review
January 19, 9:48pm

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