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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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Pitch
How about a park? It's not that hard to pitch. I just lay the stakes out close to where they are to go and stake out. I then go back and re-adjust. It's not hard to get a nice taught pi...

In GEAR » How do you pitch your Gatewood Cape?
April 06, 6:59pm

Extra Food
Along with my kids I hike a lot with scouts. We have an area we like to go to in the local San Gabriel Mountains. We walk into Little Jimmy camp and then the next morning hike up to and back from M...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » It's really cool when others do this in the backcountry!
April 03, 1:05pm

Wesley and The Philmont Way
Wesley, A few things come to mind regarding your post. First, if you are able to have a base weight of 12 lbs. AND have the extra Philmont stuff in your pack you will do great. I think I had...

In Philmont » Will they let you do this?
April 03, 12:23pm

Getting Started
David, It seems like your ideas are spot on. I have one suggestion. If you are using a tarp you may want to make sure you have some sort of bug protection since the tarps provide none. A head...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightening up Adults (again)
March 31, 10:56am

Parents
Requiring every parent to participate is not a good idea. However, by inviting all parents to participate, you can find reliable troop support. The one's that can help will do so. I started...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightening up Adults (again)
March 30, 6:10pm

Lighten Up
I found that we had to do training in order to teach the scouts and parents the necessary TECHNIQUES to go lighter. The first class I had was to show the DVD Lighten Up found at Gossamer Gear. T...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightening up Adults (again)
March 30, 3:57pm

Philmont Food
Philmont food is still heavy and BULKY. If you pay attention to the articles on this website you can substantially reduce your weight before going to Philmont. Some read the Philmont pamphlet an...

In Philmont » Will they let you do this?
March 21, 8:44pm

Angeles Crest Highway
There's a lot of snow above 6,000 ft. on Angeles Crest Highway. I ski at Mt. Waterman each weekend. You could hike in from any trailhead in the area. Just a 45 minute drive up the canyon from t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Suggestions??? Quick snowshoe/winter trips from So Cal
March 04, 3:59pm

Torso vs Full Length
I hiked all last summer with a Torso Lite pad. I also found that I had to supplement with a 1/8" Gossamer Gear Thin Light. If it the ground was cold enough I would also use my pack (Mariposa P...

In GEAR » Torsolite and Staying Warm
March 04, 1:21pm

I use 2 scales
I use 2 scales. One is a postal scale from Office Depot. I think it weighs up to 11 lbs. It has a tare function. I can put stuff in a bucket and get correct weights using that function. Many thi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What I hope to achieve...
February 23, 7:19pm

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