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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'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

"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

Thanks for input
First of all, I only want to send my food vacuum packaged to the location where I pick it up at either Vermillion or Muir Ranch. Naturally, I would take it out of the vacuum bags at that point. Als...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shipping Food to the JMT
May 09, 3:12pm

Brad, For some reason i cannot respond to you in PM. I'm okay with what you suggested. Let me know how to send payment. Try to PM me through BPL to see if it works. Scott

In Gear Swap » FS: WM Megalite w/overfill
May 09, 3:08pm

Shipping Food to the JMT
I am starting my JMT hike in August with a group of 5. We will resupply at Vermillion and Muir Ranch. I always repackage my food for my hikes to cut down on waste, bulk and weight. The problem ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shipping Food to the JMT
May 08, 3:32pm

Sticks and rocks don't weigh anything. That is unless you put them in your pack after using them to did a cat hole.

In Multiple Use Gear » Great idea for lightweight trowel
May 08, 2:57pm

Sleeping with food
Simon, Do you use OP sacks when you keep your food with you? I guess from my experience I have seen bears enter tents because food was inside. I have never had a hanging bag compromised or ev...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Can Cheating?
May 08, 10:27am

Yosemite is a long ways from LA. However, if I were to do it I would leave LA and enter on the south end of the park in order to go through the tunnels and get that view of the valley. That sight s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Limited Time...Yosemite, Joshua Tree, or Both?
May 08, 10:25am

Stealth Camping
" stealth camp in remote and uncommon locations" And just how does one know a "stealth" camp isn't the bears favorite place to hand out? To me, stealth relates more to n...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Can Cheating?
May 07, 6:34pm

REI Poles
I bought these this year during a REI clearance for about 75% off clearance. Must be due to the re-design of the product. I have been using twist lock Leki poles for skiing for years and was there...

In GEAR » REI UL Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
May 05, 11:44am

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