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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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Ursacks in Yosemite
Lori, I only spent 2 nights in Yosemite (Sunrise and up near Lyell Canyon) and did not have to use our Ursacks. Yosemite scares men nonetheless, we only saw 2 Rangers and none of them were inter...

In GEAR » where in California is Ursack allowed?
November 04, 4:41pm

Well, I must confess, I was a Ursack user on the JMT. Our trip this year (14 day thru hike) the four of us each used Bearicade Weekenders. We also had 2 Ursacks between us for "overflow"...

In GEAR » where in California is Ursack allowed?
November 04, 12:37pm

Different Strokes for Different Folks
Nick, I do believe that crew building is an important aspect of Philmont, however, I do not think a kid or adult that has prepared beforehand to carry a lighter load has to carry the same weight...

In Philmont » ULA Ohm for Philmont
November 03, 7:26pm

Gatewood Cape
David, Maybe you could interest him in a Gatewood Cape if Tarptents aren't his thing.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pretty funny..
November 03, 7:03pm

"I use disposable Li batteries, and I have found that the unit is more finicky in colder conditions. I also carry chlorine dioxide tablets as a backup." I found that to be true also on...

In GEAR » (Possibly dangerous) Steripen Failure
October 30, 5:17pm

On our JMT this year we used canisters for the 4 of us. We had 2 stoves between the 4 of us. We were out 14 days and never ran out of fuel using the 8 oz. canister. We only cooked once a day to he...

In GEAR » Stove type efficiency for longer outings
October 21, 11:34am

Hot Liquids
I usually drink my hot liquids while I'm waiting for my food to rehydrate/cook. I like cup of soup or miso soup. In the winter I would also heat water later on for a strong cup of hot chocolate...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How does this sound for a food list?
October 19, 10:24am

Seal Skinz
Seal Skinz are waterproof but not breathable like Goretex. My son took a high school trip last winter to the Yosemite Institute. I posted a question on the board regarding what to do. I did not wan...

In GEAR » Goretex How cold and snowy does it need to be?
October 19, 10:05am

Mariposa Plus
Laurence, See PM I sent you. The Mariposa Plus is a big pack for a lightweight hiker. I have never used my extension collar all the way extended. In fact, I wish I had the smaller Gorilla. ...

In GEAR » Ohm vs. MariposaPlus
October 15, 3:00pm

I also, like Brian, have both the Summerlite and the Ultralite Super. I feel the Summerlite is fine for most Sierra 3 season as long as you provide for cold nights and supplement with lofty clothi...

In GEAR » Confused
October 14, 1:14pm

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