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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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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

What type of canister did you take? I'm taking a Bearicade Weekender in August for a 14 day trip with a re-supply at Vermillion and at Muir. Thanks for the update. Scott Sorry, did no...

In GEAR » JMT Gear Issues
July 20, 3:35pm

Not the lightest, but Nalgene makes a wide mouth 16 oz. bottle that has a screw in lid that allows no leakage.

In GEAR » food rehydration container?
July 15, 5:52pm

Tarp vs Tarptents
Dennis, A tarp and a tarptent are two different things. A tarp is a piece of material that is either a square, rectangle or has a catenary cut that can be set up in many different configurat...

In GEAR » Any tarp recommendations too?
July 14, 5:02pm

Vermillion off Trail
Thanks Rick. If we go to VVR we need to arrive by 4:45 to catch the ferry or hike in using another trail. We would then leave the next day at 4:00 ferry in order to be on the trailhead early t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shipping Food to the JMT
July 10, 5:25pm

VVR vs Muir Ranch
As I look at my trip plan I am wondering about my resupply needs. As of now I was planning on resupply and a 1 day layover at VVR. We would arrive on day 5 and spend day 6 there. We thought we c...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shipping Food to the JMT
July 10, 11:47am

The Loner or Follow the Crowd
This thread depresses me. The scout wants to go lightweight and can't. He should find a buddy in the troop and do it with him. A tarp may be way too much to buy for a SM that doesn't ha...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Solo Tarps and Gear
July 08, 6:28pm

Once Again
Doug, You are the man when it comes to Philmont! I have used your original article with a lot of crews in order to get them used to the idea of not taking the kitchen sink. My brother in law is ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Philmont Scout Ranch: How Light Can You Go?
June 26, 1:12pm

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