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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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Pocket Rocket Wind Screen
Kevin, I use the pocket rocket with a 1100 ml titanium pot. For a wind screen I use the 9 inch BPL titanium foil wind screen. I never cut it down so it does not fit tightly around the pot so it ...

In Make Your Own Gear » windscreen for the msr pocket rocket
December 26, 10:53pm

RE: Christmas Loot! Show us what ya got!
Mountain Hardware Phantom 32 sleeping bag. 23oz. Thank's Santa!

In GEAR » Christmas Loot! Show us what ya got!
December 24, 8:07pm

Bought one this morning...
I went to REI to do some last minute Christmas shopping like a typical guy and bought one of these MH Phantom 32's at a 25% discount. Should I wrap it and put it under the tree with a tag To: L...

In Gear Deals » MH Phantom
December 24, 8:05pm

Great deal
Thanks for the tip Brandon, I just got a bunch of gift cards for my birthday. I was going to wait until the 20% sale in Feb. but now I am going to grab one right away. I wonder if this low pr...

In Gear Deals » MH Phantom
December 23, 10:36pm

Progressive Bi-Focals
I just got it all wrapped in one set of glasses from Costco Progressive Lens Bi-focals (ie: no line) Transitions - They get dark in sunlight. Scratch proof Anti-glare. These really do the...

In Multiple Use Gear » Reading glasses
December 23, 10:26pm

What's the story behind your avatar image?
Since we have an "Ugly Mug" post I would like to see if there is any interest in "Describe Your Avatar". Some show some pretty cool places or some pretty cool images. It would b...

In Chaff » Avatar
December 22, 5:55pm

Before Lightening Up
My avatar actually has my ugly mug pasted right on it clear as day but here is another shot from Dusy Meadows between Bishop Pass and Leconte Valley in the Sierras. This picture is about 2 years ol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ugly Mugs
December 22, 5:51pm

Re-ran the experiment with a stop watch
I performed the experiment again using a stop watch and 24 oz of water. Again, the stove is a Pocket Rocket with MSR fuel. I set the stove to the same intensity for both the Foster's Beer Can p...

In GEAR » Beer can pot questions
December 17, 9:23pm

re: Comfort food
That's a pretty nice schedule actually!

In GEAR » Who Uses Canister Stoves?
December 17, 5:59pm

aescetic pleasures
Rand/Bradford, I am definately going to try it out. I am not sure I am going to invest $60 on a complete cone system but I am going to try esbit. One thing: I normally cook 2 meals per day. O...

In GEAR » Who Uses Canister Stoves?
December 17, 5:14pm

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