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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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Sternum Straps
My packs ride better when I use the sternum strap. I like to hook my thumbs under them while hiking. That way my hands are elevated and keeps my hands from swelling so much.

In GEAR » what's the elastic chest strap for between the shoulder straps
May 13, 5:24pm

Ten Lakes
I was up there a few years ago but do not remember any bugs (probably in mid-late July). I think we all feel the bugs will be out earlier and then not as long this year due to low snow levels. Who ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Yosemite in June
May 13, 1:16pm

Those are nice shots. Kind of makes you want to get out there. That must be a magic pack for Steve to fit a tent in. Also, I loved that long shot at the start of the video. The trail seemed t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My day-job and backpacking finally intersect
May 11, 5:27pm

Water Treatment
I think it is real hard for some to get over the need for a pump. I have been using Chlorine Dioxide, the same type you are given at Philmont, for years. In the Sierras we pass groups all the t...

In Philmont » Water Purification - Really?
May 11, 12:05pm

Trail Runners
When our crew showed up at one camp the Staff member knew we had just hiked in and after his orientation he said, "Go ahead and get your light ..... uh, you are all already wearing light shoes...

In Philmont » Boots v. Shoes at Philmont
May 11, 11:39am

First-timer...JMT 2012
Megan, I also agree: 15lbs for first try is great. I also agree that you can cut a few ounces out and get it down more but may cost money which may or may not be an issue. There are lighter pack...

In Gear Lists » First-timer... JMT 2012
May 10, 5:13pm

Thanks Mike. My sister asked me what to get my brother for Christmas and I told her to go online, type your name and get a few of your books. He was quite pleased and I now have MY books back. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
January 09, 12:56pm

Yes, I have been a no TP hiker for the past few years. Some of my fellow hikers just don't like the idea. My toilet kit is soap. Anyway Mike, I have been wondering about one thing. Your boo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
January 09, 10:19am

The only piece of gear you'll ever need
"When camping ... dig a mote around your tent to keep out anything unfriendly??? Why the @#!! is the guy digging a trench around the tent?" That's the way it used to be done. If...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the only piece of gear youll ever need
November 25, 9:53am

Our scout troop has been there a number of times. I have been once. Unfortunately, I went after the disastrous storms that hit a few years ago. It's a straight 10 mile hike. You drop quickly on...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Havasu Falls
November 17, 1:48pm

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