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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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I've Done It
I took a group from Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney to Portal a few years ago. We planned for 4 days of food, sharing a canister between 2 people. We repackaged everything we could, and took calorie d...

In GEAR » ? Options: 1 bear can for 2 x 4 days
May 03, 6:42pm

2 Stoves
I've done a lot of hiking in groups, i.e. scouts. I think the best way to travel with a group that is not accustomed to lightweight is to just take 2 stoves, a 2 liter pot and 2 8 oz. canisters...

In GEAR » group backpacking gear
May 03, 6:32pm

Beautiful Video
I watched the video off and on all afternoon. It's quite beautiful. It was in the reverse of my trip last year (I recently posted my trip report sans photos and video). 7 days and taking all of...

In Post-Trip Reports » JOHN MUIR TRAIL VIDEO - 7 Day Trip
April 30, 7:11pm

Training
Alex, No matter what you do with the troop, you will need some sort of training. The minimum is Youth Protection. http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx A Scoutmaster should...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » C'mon now people!
April 27, 2:57pm

Opaque Container
I used a 1 liter soda bottle with a wide mouth. Not as wide as the Gatorade bottle but it worked fine. It doesn't stir that well but I just shook it a bit. Has anyone seen the suggestion, by...

In GEAR » Favorite CHEAP bottle for Steripen use
April 26, 6:03pm

12 Days Worth
Craig, I ran into the same problem while planning my JMT hike last summer. I needed to get my calorie to weight ratio up a bit higher. I was at about 110 cals. per oz. and that was way too low. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Thoughts on long distance food
April 26, 4:17pm

Nido Calories
Thanks Tom. I have been using non-fat dry milk for a long time. I mix that with either dried granola or Carnation Instant Breakfast. Nido has a better calorie to weight ratio. I may try this on...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Where to buy powdered milk in bulk?
April 26, 3:55pm

Gear List
Michael, You will find very shortly, because you asked for it, that your list is quite heavy for the group you are seeking advice from. Your backpack is heavier than what most people would c...

In Gear Lists » Gear List
April 26, 3:47pm

Packin' It
Our family spends a week each year on Lake Powell, AZ/UT. This is an extremely dry climate. You can camp on the lake shore or use a houseboat. When camping, people used to just walk up above the wa...

In GEAR » Why pack out poo?
April 26, 3:32pm

Guests
Youth guests are one thing. Some sort of paperwork should be filled out for insurance purposes, etc. As far as adult guests, that is more problematic. They should have at least gone through at t...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » troop high adventure policy
April 23, 4:01pm

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