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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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JMT List
Looks like a good list you have thought out. My two areas are clothing: 2 long sleeve base layers. One in pack one while worn/carried. You could get away with just one long sleeve base layer ...

In Gear Lists » JMT - Yosemite to John Muir Ranch
August 04, 9:50am

VVR/MTR
My preference now would be to not stop at VVR and just stop at MTR. I did stop at VVR on my JMT hike and liked it a lot. The food was great. Who would not like a good piece of fried chicken, meatlo...

In Gear Lists » RE Supply at VVR or MTR
August 04, 9:36am

Shoes
I recently have gone to Altras. I have a pair of Lone Peak 1.5 and 2.0. For me, it's the best, out of the box, hiking shoe I have found. I have wide feet and always tried to get some sort of Ne...

In GEAR » Another shoe thread
August 04, 8:55am

Record attempt
"Jenn is on one of the most beautiful sections of the JMT" At this time in her hike it may be more beautiful than for most as she's probably seeing double right now. Spot receptio...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » John Muir Trail Record Attempt 22-July
July 26, 10:15am

SOBO JMT
What a nice, concise report. When I heard this "old" man had done it I was thinking a 70 year old. Hey, I'm 53. Now, I'm an old man! I really like the mental aspect of these fa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ralph Burgress' Unsupported SOBO JMT Record
July 25, 9:29am

What??
Whoa, slide rule humor!

In GEAR » What do you hike with that nobody else has?
July 14, 8:11pm

Bags?
I counted 7: 1-BPL 50ยบ Quilt 2-WM Summerlite 1-WM Megalite 1-Montbell DH, SS 4 1-Montbell DH, SS 5 1 WM Alpinlite So, why so many bags? I hike with my family. Most of the time I have to...

In GEAR » How many sleeping bags do you own?
July 10, 9:11am

Micro Drop Bottles
Well, considering that bleach usually comes in plastic bottles it just means you need to match the micro drop bottle to the correct type of plastic; if they do exist in that size.

In GEAR » Micro Drop Bottles
February 18, 9:35pm

SHR Hybrid
What a great trip and report. Thanks. I'd like to get my wife on the SHR soon and this helped a lot! Congrats on her saying yes, too. Scott

In Post-Trip Reports » Sierra High Route/JMT Hybrid - August 2013 - A Backcountry Adventure
January 08, 10:34pm

JMT 2014
"I will be traveling at a slow pace, looking at 14 days travel time." That may be slow or not for you. When I hiked the JMT with my brother and our kids we did it in 14 days which incl...

In Gear Lists » JMT 2014 Thoughts and insight.
October 31, 11:46pm

All Reader Reviews by Scott Bentz

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MSR MIOX
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