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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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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

Jay, I was wondering how many resupplies (if any) you had on your JMT hike. We did a 14 day trip with a resupply in Vermillion and then 1.5 days later at Muir. We were using Scouts and did not h...

In Gear Swap » FS: Bearikade Expedition
December 03, 5:51pm

I use 2 scales
I have 2 scales. One, is from Office Depot. It's a digital postal scale. It weighs up to 11 lbs. The tare feature is useful. Some items are hard to weigh. Using the tare feature, I place a smal...

In GEAR » Scales for weighing gear and where to get them
December 02, 1:29pm

Where do you get Tyvek?
Do you know any contractors or see any construction in your area? If they are wrapping a house in Tyvek just ask. There will be scraps all over the place that you can put to use. I still like Po...

In GEAR » ground cloth preference
November 30, 12:57pm

Polycro when not sleeping in a bivy.

In GEAR » ground cloth preference
November 29, 1:29pm

We took a group of scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch. They require the use of a separate rain shelter, i.e. 10 x 12 tarp. We extended our poles by lashing 2 sets of poles together with bicycle inner t...

In GEAR » Pole extenders question?
November 26, 7:15am

Cold Weather
Larry, I don't know how cold it was but we had a few nights with frost if that is any indication. Never had a thermometer to look at. If I left the Steripen Journey out in my pack, or just ...

In GEAR » Steripen
November 11, 3:07pm

I have a Journey. 4 of us used it this summer on a JMT thru hike. I found it does not work when it is cold outside or the water is real cold. Could be user error, but it happened over and over. We ...

In GEAR » Steripen
November 11, 10:25am

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