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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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Gatewood Cape or Golite Poncho/Tarp Bivy?
I have a Gatewood Cape and it is also a Poncho Tarp. I have used it often without a bivy but, if rain were a constant I would certainly use a bivy for splatter. That way you can keep a bit more air...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape or Golite Poncho/Tarp & Bivy?
August 04, 12:42pm

No, but who am I to say?
The one time I actually opened a space blanket was during a storm. I was with a group of scouts and we left our gear at a base camp to hike up to Mt. Baden Powell and back. On the way down the cond...

In GEAR » Should I bother with a space blanket?
August 04, 12:35pm

Wet Feet/Shoes
What I like to do is approach a stream crossing, then sit down on a nice boulder and remove my leather hiking boots, wool socks and sock liners. I then put on a new pair of socks and my stream cros...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossings with one pair of shoes?
August 03, 4:21pm

Gear List
Go to the Gear List section of the website. Many, many JMT ideas. Mine is posted under my profile. I am resupplying 2 times. Once at Vermillion (with a day layover) and Muir Trail Ranch. North to S...

In GEAR » JMT -- MediumPacking
August 02, 12:05pm

Compactor Bag Sizes
What size bags are you using? I was at a Ralphs the other day and the only one's they had seemed to big for our packs (GG Mariposa Plus, Homemade G4, Exos 58 and Gregory Z Pack). The bag said t...

In GEAR » Scented Trash Compactor Bag
July 31, 7:00pm

Macho Men
I think the thought is that a heavier pack means you are more macho than the next guy. A heavy pack doesn't feel all that heavy in your living room. After all, you do have a chair, 3 changes of...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
July 31, 6:52pm

3,500 CU
I have never seen or worn an Ohm, however, I used a GG Mariposa Plus on my trek last year. The Mariposa Plus has 2,800 cubic inches in the main compartment and including the outside pockets it has ...

In Philmont » ULA Ohm for Philmont
July 24, 11:59am

Slippery
I used a pair of Crocs on a 2 week hike last summer. The first time I got to a river to fish a bit I fell flat on my a**. Never had that problem like that with Tevas. Crocs are light but are too bu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Killing crocs
July 21, 3:05pm

The One
Brian, Have you thought of Gossamer Gear The One? I have a Contrail which is nice because it only needs one pole, has a nice vestibule and has a lot of ventilation and is palacial for one. T...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo Shelters
July 20, 4:06pm

Capilene 2
I have a down jacket for camp but have been afraid to hike in warm weather in a Capilene 2. Do any of you have experience hiking in the Sierras during August heat in a Cap. 2? I like that layer ...

In GEAR » Can I lightweight my layers any more?
July 20, 3:56pm

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