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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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Nice Job!
Daniel, Nice job on finishing the JMT. I took my son last year. He was 17 at the time. I wish I had done it when I was a teenager since last year was my first thru hike. I plan on doing it agai...

In Gear Lists » JMT Hike by Boy Scout
August 18, 1:09pm

Speed or Lack Of
We found that on our JMT hike last year, after averaging it all out, we consistently hiked 2 mph all day long. That included any short break and a lunch break. So, if we had a 20+ mile day, we just...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast do you hike?
August 16, 2:48pm

Thanks Sam. I ordered one of their maps. Now he will have a good start and my wife will be happy I actually did something.

In GEAR » Maps for Tetons
August 12, 3:20pm

Maps for Tetons
My son will be going off to college in the fall. He will be in Rexburg, ID. I know he will be interested in hiking from in and around Grand Teton and thereabout. His first six weeks will be in Drig...

In GEAR » Maps for Tetons
August 12, 12:52pm

Car at Whitney Portal
We had a different situation than you last year. We left a car at Portal and then got a ride from a relative to the valley. When we finished the car was there and we got out nice and quick. I do no...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Question about leaving a car at Whitney Portal
August 12, 10:57am

2 Legged Creatures
The scary thing about that story is most people in the backcountry are so open and inviting since most we meet are great. This can lead to problems by being too gullible. What a bummer!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grim news near Yellowstone
August 10, 5:57pm

JPL to Switzers
"As the JPL guy have you been up th4 Arroyo Seco trial to the Switzers area and beyond lately? I'm just wondering if the trial is open and/or the extent of the fire damage. Thanks." ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Southern California
August 09, 2:05pm

4 WD
You may want to contact Vermillion directly. They may be able to give you a clue.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » John Muir Wilderness - Onion springs trailhead
August 06, 5:36pm

So. Cal.
La CaƱada Flintridge. For those out of the area we are home to JPL and are just above the Rose Bowl and our neighbors in Pasadena, Alta Dena and Glendale. Awesome hike right in our backyard. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Southern California
August 06, 5:34pm

Bladders vs Bottles, etc.
A couple of ideas: First, I typically take a 1 liter soda wide mouth bottle and a 1 liter Platypus. I like the hard bottle to remove from my side pocket while hiking. I like to Platypus because ...

In GEAR » Hate to sound like an idiot but...
August 06, 5:27pm

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