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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.
My PDF Gear ListNorth Lake South Lake 2012

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All Forum Posts by Scott Bentz

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I use 2 scales: hanging and postal. If you get a digital postal scale, make sure it does tare. If it has a tare function you can put a bucket on the scale and zero it out. Then you can put odd s...

In GEAR » Pack weight - how do you measure?
July 30, 5:32pm

Nice Job!
Benjamin, Nice job in completing the trail in 11 days. I did it with my son, brother and nephew in 14 days last summer. That was plenty fast for me but my son could have finished much faster. I...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT, July 14-25
July 27, 3:14pm

Crocs are Slippery
I found that trying to use Crocs for walking in a river can be a sure way to end up in the water. I used them on one trip and have not taken any since. I was nice since I slipped and took a good di...

In GEAR » Camp Shoe Recommendations
July 27, 2:51pm

Wide Feet
It's always been New Balance for me since they have widths.

In GEAR » Need some new hiking shoes for Wide feet
July 21, 12:48pm

Tarps / Double Rainbow
Double Rainbows come up all the time on the gear swap. I have one but always use my tarp with bivy. If you have experience with a tarp then go ahead and use a tarp. If you don't like it you can...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Shelter - what to do?
July 14, 2:19pm

Wide Mouth Pepsi
I have also noticed them disappearing. I have a stash of about 5. The one's I used to buy, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, seem to be with a small cap now. Bummer.

In GEAR » Pepsi Wide Mouth Bottles - Gone?
July 10, 3:25pm

Dinkey Lakes and Skeeters
I was in the Dinkey Lakes a few years ago in early August. No skeeters to speak of. However, I have some friends that took a trip early in the season one year and said that you could not see your c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Nevada backpacking next weekend
July 08, 1:43pm

Canisters in Whitney Zone
I've been checked on two different trips. Once by a Ranger at Rock Creek. Last year by a Ranger at Crabtree. When I got my permit last year they only asked if I was using an approved caniste...

In GEAR » JMT with Ursack
July 08, 1:21pm

Benjamin, We use Dri Ducks. The top and bottom weigh 12.5 oz. If you weren't going to take anything than take the top only. We hiked last year on our trip for the better part of a day with r...

In Gear Lists » gear list, JMT, solo, July
June 11, 4:54pm

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

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