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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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Group Size
Many of the Parks allow groups up to 15 on a single permit. When I hike with my friends, it's always small.On scout trips i often find myself in a group of 12-15. Just a different way of doing ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Leave No Trace Ethics
June 16, 8:09am

You don't have to
You don't have to lug around 5-6 lb. tents or 3 lb. cooksets. All you have to do is train them how to do things the way you do. First, if you want to cook as a group that is fine. Just use ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Solo Tarps and Gear
June 15, 7:08pm

Missing the Point!
The thread is about an experience that made someone go lightweight. Not a critique of how the person in the picture likes to wear his pack. Due to the fact he ran into this guy and his lightweight ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » This picture made me go lightweight
June 08, 2:27pm

Ropes and Bags
We used Amsteel blue rope. It is a weight savings but tough on the hands at times. We used Philmont issued bags and they were fine. What we didn't do is organize our bags effectively like so...

In Philmont » Philmont bearbagging
June 02, 8:48am

Bear Canister
I find that putting the canister in the pack vertically on top of my sleeping bag, clothes and tarp works best. The Y strap is great but unless you have a lot of stuff in the Mariposa I find it har...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Video Review
June 02, 8:23am

Foam pads or not
First, I don't know anything about Polish gnocci, but, I do know the best gnocci in the world is made by Argentines. Back on topic: I almost always use socks in my shoulder straps and glo...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Video Review
June 01, 2:23pm

Nice Job LB
For some reason I never saw this post when it was an ongoing conversation back in Feb. You did a real nice job at getting your pack weight down. There are still a few items you can cut out (boots, ...

In Gear Lists » Base Weight
May 29, 11:51am

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

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