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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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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

RE: Whose your daddy and what does he do...
I manage a firmware development group in a semiconductor company in Newport Beach, CA. I get 5 weeks per year in vacation plus, they are very lenient if you go over your balance. Right now I am at ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Who is your daddy and what does he do?
January 14, 11:57am

RE: Down Booties
Douglas, You are referring to Ben Smith's MYOG post:

In Gear Deals » Down Booties
January 12, 10:46pm

Postal scale
You can get a digital postal scale that has a range up to 5lbs. Pelouze makes the DYMO Model SP5. It's a digital scale that measures in ounces or grams and it runs off a single 9v battery.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » weighing my gear
January 12, 10:28pm

Shaved off 35.4 oz
After taking some of the recommendations from this post, I have shaved off another 35.4 oz. 1. I nixed the seat pad (-1oz) 2. I switched to a 23oz MH Phantom 32 bag (-12oz) 3. Rent or purchas...

In Gear Lists » Updated Gear List
January 11, 5:28pm

re: $55 down socks
Ben, That price is fine with me. I would like a small pair and a large pair. Larry

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Down Socks
January 08, 6:00pm

Black (or whatever)
Ben, Actually any color would be fine for me. I am mostly planning on wearing these in my sleeping bag anyway. I might also purchase a pair of smaller ones for my wife if you make them. She w...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Down Socks
January 08, 3:39pm

People buy you the wrong stuff...
My family knows I am into backpacking so they buy me all sorts of gadgets from REI for my birthday. The problem is, "They don't even know how much the stuff weighs or if it is really neede...

In Philosophy & Technique » Going solo? How has ultralight made you an outcast?
January 05, 1:58pm

I'd purchase a pair
I would be interested in a pair. I wear a size 11 boot. Would you wear socks while also wearing the booties?

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Down Socks
January 03, 9:29pm

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