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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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First Trip
Great report and photos. I am sure most of us don't use filters anymore. Kind of clunky. Like the suggestions above, Steripen, iodine, and chlorine dioxide are the treatments of choice. I...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Backpacking Trip - Lessons Learned, Advice Welcome
September 12, 10:50am

Trip Report
"Thanks for posting, great report. I've added this to my list for next year." Same here!

In Post-Trip Reports » Courtright to Goddard, August 2014
September 08, 12:06pm

The SMD Haven is a real nice sized shelter. I have a Gatewood Cape and always liked how easy it was to set up. The Haven is bigger and has a lot of room. I do not own a Haven but have always liked ...

In GEAR » Shelter Recommendation Needed
September 07, 11:19pm

Nice Job
Way to go on finishing the JMT. It is such a beautiful and worthwhile trail. I always love seeing people in their 60's and 70's and on when I am out on the trail. Lets me know that if I sta...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Solo JMT SOBO at age 64
September 06, 11:33pm

JMT Unsupported FKT- Andrew Bentz
This is kind of a cross post, nonetheless, I feel it belongs here in the Post Trip Reports. Andrew beat Brett Maune's Unsupported time on the John Muir Trail. He posted a trip report on his blo...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT Unsupported FKT- Andrew Bentz
September 05, 11:48am

He actually did it!
We just got back home. I'll let Andrew post when he can. However, for those of us that know the JMT and its incessant climbs and descents this is really an amazing feat! Congrats Handy Andy!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT Unsupported Attempt
August 29, 9:57pm

Spot JMT

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » How do you insert an embedded link?
August 28, 5:26pm

JMT Unsupported Attempt: Success
My son, Andrew Bentz (Handy Andy) is in the last leg of his attempt to beat the existing unsupported record set by Brett Maune. Currently he is between Reds Meadow and Island Pass. I dropped hi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT Unsupported Attempt
August 28, 5:06pm

JMT List
Well, your list is well thought out. As far as the off topic of tarps goes, I always use a tarp for 3 seasons and do so in the shoulder season. As stated, good pitch is everything. The othe...

In Gear Lists » Sept JMT Gear List
August 04, 10:38am

JMT List
Looks like a good list you have thought out. My two areas are clothing: 2 long sleeve base layers. One in pack one while worn/carried. You could get away with just one long sleeve base layer ...

In Gear Lists » JMT - Yosemite to John Muir Ranch
August 04, 9:50am

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