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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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Inside For Me
I use a basic Equinox Superlight Bivy. I put my TorsoLite pad inside. I also added a few spots of silicone on the bottom of my pad so it would not slip around. I find that if I use the pad on the o...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad on inside or outside of bivy?
March 24, 1:01pm

Dri Ducks Sizing
Christian, Make sure you look the Dri Ducks sizing chart over. They run extremely large. I use a medium and am 5'9" and 200 lbs! I don't wear a medium in ANYTHING. I would also ...

In Gear Lists » need help chosing between 2 rain gear systems
March 15, 2:55pm

Liquid Fuels
I personally think they are talking about not starting a campfire with liquid fuels; not a stove. Many troops use liquid canister stoves to this day. Somehow they have to get that fuel into the...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Alcohol Stove Safety
March 11, 3:03pm

South Africa
We worry about bears. What do you worry about? I was in South Africa a few years ago with my family and saw a sign that read "Monkeys are a problem". So are hippos, crocs, lions, et...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » South African UL backpackers
March 10, 4:11pm

Hip Belt and Water
Before I knew better I carried (along with a 7lb. Low Alpine pack) a water belt used for running. It has little pockets for food and space for a 20 oz. water. I liked it because I do not like drink...

In GEAR » What I would like to see on a pack...
March 10, 4:02pm

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

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

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