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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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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

Primus Micron
Edit: I guess I didn't read Rogers post carefully regarding the methodology of the test. I can't see how my Micron can be that much better than the other stoves on the post. Still like it t...

In GEAR » Stove Comparison
February 20, 3:28pm

WM Ultralite
I guess my WM Ultralite Super would be my most expensive single purchase. I could have had one for cheaper but could not pull the trigger when it was on sale. When I finally did get it I really nee...

In GEAR » Most expensive?
February 20, 2:27pm

Not as large as it seems
Diane, If you think a gorilla is a big pack remember that a G4 is a very large pack. My son sewed his own and cannot come close to using its capacity. I have the same issue with my Mariposa Plus...

In GEAR » GG Prototype
February 11, 6:41pm

Saw it on GG Site
I missed this post when it first came out. I saw the Gorilla on the GG site. What I like about this pack is the fact that it is cut narrower. I have a Mariposa Plus and since I rarely use all of it...

In GEAR » GG Prototype
February 11, 10:17am

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