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Scott Bentz (scottbentz) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me I live in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. I can get to a lot of nice hiking areas right from my street or travel for 15 minutes to higher elevations in the Angeles National Forrest. I started packing again with my sons in their Boy Scout troop. I was definitely not light that first trip 6 years ago and have been reducing my pack weight ever since. I mainly pack a few times a year in the Eastern and Western Sierras.
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All Forum Posts by Scott Bentz

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A bit of Giardia with a Chlorine Dioxide chaser
Recently I took a short hike over Shepherds Pass in the Eastern Sierra. I had never been over the pass and wanted to see if for myself. Anyway, as usual, I threw a bunch of my stuff together and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A bit of Giardia with a Chlorine Dioxide chaser
October 20, 4:35pm

Freezer Bag
I used to not like freezer bag cooking due to the leftover food in the bag. Kind of nasty if you are on a longer hike where you can't dump trash. So, we would use a 2 cup Glad or Tupperware ro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » So do I understand these freezer bags?
October 10, 12:05pm

Joseph, Thanks for the link. I have seen a lot of reports over the years and looks like a place to visit. I'm in Southern California so it's hard to push on up to Tahoe when there are so...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Backpacking Trip - Lessons Learned, Advice Welcome
September 13, 10:31am

First Trip
Great report and photos. I am sure most of us don't use filters anymore. Kind of clunky. Like the suggestions above, Steripen, iodine, and chlorine dioxide are the treatments of choice. I...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Backpacking Trip - Lessons Learned, Advice Welcome
September 12, 10:50am

Trip Report
"Thanks for posting, great report. I've added this to my list for next year." Same here!

In Post-Trip Reports » Courtright to Goddard, August 2014
September 08, 12:06pm

The SMD Haven is a real nice sized shelter. I have a Gatewood Cape and always liked how easy it was to set up. The Haven is bigger and has a lot of room. I do not own a Haven but have always liked ...

In GEAR » Shelter Recommendation Needed
September 07, 11:19pm

Nice Job
Way to go on finishing the JMT. It is such a beautiful and worthwhile trail. I always love seeing people in their 60's and 70's and on when I am out on the trail. Lets me know that if I sta...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Solo JMT SOBO at age 64
September 06, 11:33pm

JMT Unsupported FKT- Andrew Bentz
This is kind of a cross post, nonetheless, I feel it belongs here in the Post Trip Reports. Andrew beat Brett Maune's Unsupported time on the John Muir Trail. He posted a trip report on his blo...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT Unsupported FKT- Andrew Bentz
September 05, 11:48am

He actually did it!
We just got back home. I'll let Andrew post when he can. However, for those of us that know the JMT and its incessant climbs and descents this is really an amazing feat! Congrats Handy Andy!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT Unsupported Attempt
August 29, 9:57pm

Spot JMT

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » How do you insert an embedded link?
August 28, 5:26pm

All Reader Reviews by Scott Bentz

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We used a MSR Miox on a trip with 9 people (Scouts). We got very spotty results and ended up playing with the unit more than we wanted. It seemed like the perfect solution but was not worth the wait. ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
June 03, 5:04pm