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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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Gear List
If you click on a persons profile (might be a member only function) most people have posted some sort of gear list for different situations. I think you will find a similarity in most set ups and w...

In Gear Lists » Need Complete Gear List
March 08, 2:30pm

Why Should a Person Become a Member of BPL?
Finding this site was a godsend to me. I was struggling with a heavy pack, knew I wanted to lighten up, was trying to do so on my own and then found BPL. That's when everything began to make se...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Should a Person Become a Member of BPL?
March 04, 12:18pm

Space
Evan, Since I rented a Bearicade and would not get it until a few days before I left I wanted to be sure I would have room. I went to the lumber yard and bout a Sono-tube, or Quick-tube, etc. Th...

In GEAR » GG Mariposa Plus vs. ULA Ohm for PCT
March 03, 4:20pm

Y Strap and Canister
I find that the best way to carry a canister in the GG Mariposa Plus is right inside the pack vertically. If you are carrying a low base load you will have plenty of room for it inside. The Y strap...

In GEAR » GG Mariposa Plus vs. ULA Ohm for PCT
March 03, 12:57pm

Tarp/Bivy vs. Tent
I have a Contrail, Dbl. Rainbow, SpinnTwinn, The One and a Gatewood Cape. I now find myself using a bivy with the Gatewood. I hike in the Sierras and Southern California mostly. Most nights are dry...

In GEAR » Poll: Tarp/Bivy vs. Tent
February 23, 5:57pm

T2 for 2
One thing I teach my scouts is that a 3.8 lb. tent is not that heavy when shared with 2. We take everything out of the stuff sack and then just divide by 2. If you like to use a double wall tent an...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent Review
February 17, 11:50am

PCT
Yes. However, while on our JMT hike this year we met 2 guys from the south that had completed the AT. One was an electrical engineer. The other was married with a kid. What were they doing on th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Should I walk the PCT this year?
February 11, 5:02pm

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

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