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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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Trail Runners
"I use boots, always. When the majority of NBA players use low top shoes I might change my mind about ankle support, but until then..." Yes, but they are wearing athletic shoes, no...

In GEAR » Trail runners or boots for the Sierras?
February 11, 4:55pm

Been there, done that
Wow. I remember the first trip I took with my kids troop. I borrowed a 7lb. pack that was really neat. It had a beautiful hip belt, pockets, straps, space, heavy fabric, etc. I think I went out wit...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » [Q] How to lighten my old pack with scouts
February 02, 12:40pm

Best of 2009
2009: GVP Caldera Cone with Fosters. Received as a Christmas gift no less! I already have my 2010 (I think): Gossamer Gear Murmur. I will be close to 5 lbs. base this weekend for an overni...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
January 28, 6:34pm

Dust and Mules
My understanding is that the JMT was designed so that pack mules could cover every part of the trail. It is amazing sometimes to see those animals coming up over a pass, like Glen Pass. Then again,...

In Gear Lists » Help with clothes list for JMT
January 26, 10:55am

So. Cal Storms
Looks like rain up till 7,000 ft. plus. This will put a damper on the new snow. I'm still waiting to use my season pass at Mt. Waterman. Still be best of the locals but the Station Fire has rea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » So Cal Hikers - San Jacinto Update
January 25, 5:14pm

Ursacks and Canisters
I use an Ursack. The opening will never close completely no matter how hard you pull on the properly tied knot. It's still an opening. However, if the sack is properly tied to a tree the bear w...

In GEAR » Ursack Update
January 25, 5:05pm

Gatewood Cape/Caldera
I will chime in, if you don't mind. I used the Gatewood Cape last year on my JMT thruhike. We had 2 nights of rain. I also used a bivy. The truth is, I only set the Gatewood up 4 out of the ...

In Gear Lists » JMT gear list feedback please
January 18, 1:32pm

To Each His Own
Funny that you would use a G4 as your example. My son, when he was 15, got interested in sewing. Since we backpack I bought a G4 kit from Quest. It was a tough first project but he did a real nice ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Groupthink at camp MYOG..
January 14, 4:16pm

Philmont Food
As you can see, Philmont food is heavy and bulky. No worries. You will start out as a lightweight crew (right?) so you will be ahead of the game. As for runny food: Always add a bit less water t...

In Philmont » Philmont Food
December 17, 3:48pm

I can comment on 2
I am familiar with 2 of your suggestions: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney: That's a nice hike. We did it with a group of my nephews, bro. and bro. in law a few years back. First day from Horshe...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Early Season 2010 40 to 50 miler in Sierras
December 17, 3:39pm

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