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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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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

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

Nutrition Facts
Can anyone tell me what the calories to weight are for NIDO? There is absolutely no information on the website. I use Carnation Instant Breakfast mixed with powdered milk and figure NIDO must be mu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Where to buy powdered milk in bulk?
April 23, 3:18pm

Hot Springs
High Sierra Trail over Kahweah Gap to Kern Hot Springs. Sometimes you can have it all to yourself.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » a longshot, but I appeal to you guys
April 23, 11:47am

Last Minute PCT Gear List
A hat and visor are not necessary. The OR hat is good as it can cover the neck and ears. I burned the heck out of my ears a few years back and now never hike without a brimmed hat. I would take ...

In Gear Lists » Last Minute PCT Gear List
April 23, 10:37am

Hey guys, Thanks for the feedback. I always cringe a bit when I go back and read my writing, but I was helped a lot by others trip reports so I figured it was my duty. We all had a great time on...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT 2009 Thru Hike
April 22, 4:49pm

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