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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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Sitlight Pad
Christopher, You asked "Do the convolutions on the sitlight pad offer any benefits (comfort, ventilation, whatever) over a flat pad like the thinlight against your back?: To me it is the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Packs that use pad for frame
February 10, 1:42pm

Put the Z-Rest on top
I don't use a Z-Rest but hike with many that do. You can either take a full size Z-Rest or one that's cut shorter. Just put it outside on the very top of the pack using the Y-Strap. I would...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Packs that use pad for frame
February 09, 3:42pm

Megalite
Put me in line if Dave does not want it. Thanks, Scott

In Gear Swap » F.S.: Western Mountaineering megalite sleeping bag
January 30, 2:49pm

Spinn Twinn vs Gatweood Cape
I have both. I am 5'9". I think your height may be a problem in the Gatewood Cape. The Spin Twinn is much roomer even when buttoned down to the ground. However, you can't use your Spin...

In GEAR » GG SpinnTwinn vs. Gatewood Cape
January 29, 1:18pm

Waterproof Shoe Questions
Thanks for the replies. Roger, I guess that is how I feel regarding group decisions. I am sure we are not going to buy some expensive blister delivery devices. Joe, thanks for the links. They...

In GEAR » Waterproof Shoe Questions
January 27, 6:31pm

Waterproof Shoe Questions
My son is heading off to Yosemite for a school trip in a few weeks. Naturally, they have a long list of items to take. We are fine with all items except shoes. They ask for a waterproof shoe. They ...

In GEAR » Waterproof Shoe Questions
January 27, 1:19pm

Tried it, didn't like it.
We tried turkey bag cooking before our trek. We did not do that well. Too messy with people trying to scoop out their share of food. So, we decided to boil water and then each person would just put...

In Philmont » Backpacking Light @ Philmont
January 19, 1:30pm

Weight is an issue
Typically, a framed pack will be able to handle more weight. You need to know how much you are carrying. The bear canister does add a twist. Do you put it inside, outside, top, bottom, etc. I thin...

In GEAR » JMT, frameless or not
January 19, 12:56pm

Gram Cracker
Go to Trail Designs website and you will see the gram cracker is a slick little item that holds an Esbit tab inside a Caldera Cone. Using the cone it's a real effecient way to use Esbit tablets...

In GEAR » JMT Stove choice
January 13, 4:37pm

Weekend Prep Trips
Frank, You said "We've done most of the AT in Georgia, plan to do a section every other weekend for about 2 months before our trip. " Use these trips to really get comfortable w...

In Philmont » Will they let you do this?
January 12, 1:23pm

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