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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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Thanks Aaron
Aaron, Just want to thank you for your interest in my sons JMT hike last week. I have been a member of BPL I think since about 2008 and it has enabled me to take my friends and family on some aw...

In Gear Lists » What I'm Taking on my JMT Hike (this is how you do it)
September 02, 10:34am

JMT List
If you are already not using the volume of a Pinnacle then you have a lot of choices in packs. I have an older Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus and the new Gorilla. I like the way the Gorilla fits me. O...

In Gear Lists » It may be early but... First cut at JMT list for 2014
August 22, 4:20pm

Aaron, My son is planning on a 7day JMT trip and was wondering how many calories you are alloting per day. This post has been pretty helpful. What type of canister are you taking? Thanks, ...

In Gear Lists » What I'm Taking on my JMT Hike (this is how you do it)
August 22, 12:08pm

Lightweight fishing pliers
I use the Tenkara forceps and nipper. I catch and release so I don't use barbs. But still a small fish can get a hook caught a bit deeper than fingers can get at. It's nice to have the forc...

In GEAR » Lightweight fishing pliers?
July 31, 9:23am

First Trip with Wife
The first trip my wife came along also included two of my daughters. We started in the afternoon on the High Sierra Trail and hiked to 9 Mile Creek. The next day we went up to Hamilton Lake where w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First trip for the wife
July 30, 1:16pm

First of all David, I am sorry for your loss. Even though people are killed "doing what they love", it still is a loss. Climbers like that are really wired differently. On my trip hom...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » This is why climbing Everest is stupid.
July 29, 6:03pm

Found on Trail
Hiking in the desert I found a whole bunch of water stashed under a bush. I drank it all and left the empties behind...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
July 12, 3:31pm

My forest is burning
When I was on the JMT I crested Forester to there meet some other hikers that told me where I live (La Canada-Flintridge, CA) was "all on fire". We lost 650,000 acres in the Station Fire....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My forest is burning!
July 11, 7:33pm

Re: The topic
"Instead we just jump our grimy selves into every lake or stream for a nice swim, proud that we aren't contaminating it with evil detergents." But we do jump in with DEET and SPF 60!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » scented dr bronner soap and bears
July 10, 6:59pm

Like others have said, there will be water. Just not as much running water but you will still see a lot of rivers running. "Like I said I usually hike in areas where there is no need to c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT this year?
May 15, 6:07pm

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