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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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Ursacks and Canisters
Well, what I did say, is we all had canisters. I would not go into any area that requires a canister without one. The Ursack was for a bit of extra precaution as we left Muir Trail Ranch for our la...

In Gear Lists » gear list, JMT, solo, July
June 11, 12:29pm

Ursacks and Canisters
" I witnessed a Ranger ..march out a couple of hikers as they were 1/2 way up Pine Creek Trail in the Eastern Sierras ...because they did not have B Cans .." Yes, but most likely they ...

In Gear Lists » gear list, JMT, solo, July
June 10, 6:06pm

Scouts Gear
Elizabeth, I also echo all of the other comments regarding your desire to get the kids out. 1.Rain in Southern California mountains can be pretty much the same as in the Sierras; i.e., after...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » detailed questions regarding Scouts gear
June 10, 5:53pm

Gear List
"Yeah, you're right, the TP is kind of crazy. Thing is, I go through a lot of the stuff because my nose runs a lot when I hike" You're out in the wild. Just give a one nostril ...

In Gear Lists » gear list, JMT, solo, July
June 09, 2:47pm

Theft on PCT
Chris, I live not too far from Wrightwood. I could get stuff to her if needs be. I'm in La Canada which is about 90 minutes by car from there. If she needs other stuff let us know. Scott

In GEAR » pack theft pct/
June 04, 5:00pm

Re:Does this sound realistic?
My feeling is you need everyone on board at Philmont regarding cooking procedures. You may have to slow play this one if some of the other leaders have been before and say "this is the way we ...

In Philmont » Philmont Food
May 27, 5:03pm

John Muir Trail 2009
Kevin, Funny, I also finally posted my trip report just about 2 weeks ago. It was not as nice as yours since i do not have a web hosting site for my pictures. It's down a ways on page 1 unde...

In Post-Trip Reports » John Muir Trail 2009
May 26, 4:47pm

Contrail and Rain
My son has a Contrail. He slept in it with another scout at Philmont with a few nights of rain. Completely dry inside as far a rain from outside. They did have a fair bit of condensation though. I&...

In GEAR » The contrail and rain?
May 25, 2:20pm

Not Happening
That is too bad! 20 days is actually a pretty easy pace. It would give you time to get to camp, do a side hike, maybe fish, take a nap, etc. It would only be about 11 miles a day. However, while hi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT August
May 22, 8:00am

compactor bag vs trash bag
The secret is to find a bag that will not tear when you are stuffing things into it. If you cram your pack tightly this can be a problem. I have used a number of different bags. Heavy duty trash ba...

In GEAR » compactor bag vs trash bag
May 22, 7:46am

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