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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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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

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

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