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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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Amsteel
Scott, You may want to check Redden Marine also. I know I ordered the Amsteel rope on 2 different occasions. Even though I ordered form Seattle Marine it came from Redden or vice versa. One was...

In Philmont » LIghtweight Philmont Experince
May 26, 12:03pm

Plastic Cookware
Franco, Those are nice cups. We had a few of the boys at Philmont use Glad containers. They come round, square or rectangular and in many sizes. We just heat water and each kid rehydrates in his...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
May 22, 2:41pm

Exos / Vapor Trail
To me the two packs are quite different. The Vapor Trail has a flat framesheet that sits right against your back like many lighter packs. The Exos has a frame that keeps the pack curving away...

In Gear Lists » Gear List - Most Economical way to reduce
May 22, 1:28pm

Cook in a cup
I still like the method we used at Philmont. We heated 2 pots of water using canister stoves. When the water got to a boil we first sanitized our utensils and cups, then each kid transferred their ...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
May 20, 12:16pm

Lightweight & Scouts
I have found that scouts will naturally practice lightweight skills without even knowing it. The only problem is they carry a heavy load to accomplish it. What do I mean? Kids (with moms in the ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Father/son getting started
May 15, 10:59am

Rain in Sierras
I do my long trips almost exclusively in the Sierras. I would never have some sort of minimal rain protection. For me it is reasonable to take along Dri Ducks and a tarp. I have had heavy rains, li...

In GEAR » Rain protection on JMT?
May 14, 11:16am

Bivy
" I've seen my buddy's bivy, and it seems waaaay to confining for me. " Well, it can be confining if you look at it that way. However, if you really think about it, it is quit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Lightweight Convert...
May 12, 3:46pm

Suggestions
You are right on in trying to lighten 2 of the most important items in your arsenal: Your pack and your shelter. Lots of choices in those areas. Naturally, the next one would be your sleep system. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Lightweight Convert...
May 12, 10:12am

Pliers
I've used pliers many more times on a hike than I have a knife. Nice for gripping poles, fixing packs, etc. Someone always has a knife. Not many carry even a small plier.

In GEAR » Pliers, scissors, locking blade
May 12, 10:01am

Cheating
"Evan: Would you feel the same if the pounder first aid kit and 2 pounder survival kit were the required equipment?" We could say that about anything. Boots, tents, hiking poles, etc....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Can Cheating?
May 11, 8:57am

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