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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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As far as knives go, I like to take a small multi-tool. Why? I find I use the pliers quite often. Especially if I am fishing. The small knife usually is sufficient and the scissors get used more of...

In Gear Lists » My 3-season gear list, advice on weight reduction.
April 09, 2:27pm

First of all, that is a nice article and the pictures are amazing. Perfect time to be out in that area. The thing you will notice with the Z-Rest is it is more rigid than the SitLight. I think t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight fun in the Los Padres
April 08, 6:06pm

40º Bag
Funny thing is, I thought my #5 was a 35º bag figuring I had something special. I have never seen a #5 other than a 40º. If I tell myself it's a warmer bag I'll stay warmer, right? If yo...

In Gear Lists » John Muir 2009 Gear List
April 08, 5:57pm

Mariposa Plus
You won't go wrong with the Mariposa Plus. Especially, with the new curved stays. Not the lightest of all packs but a lot lighter than what you are using. This is what I use. I plan to put my c...

In GEAR » GG Mariposa Plus vs. ULA Circuit
April 08, 3:52pm

Montbell UL SS #5
Yea, that can be a concern. I know it is rated at 40º but I used it two weeks ago while sleeping on a friends porch at Mammoth Mountain. Temp was down to about 32º and i was fine. Feet got a bit ...

In Gear Lists » John Muir 2009 Gear List
April 08, 3:34pm

John Muir 2009 Gear List
I have been working on my gear list for awhile thinking towards a 14 day JMT north to south. My son, who packs lighter than I, is going as is my brother and his son. I put this list together so I c...

In Gear Lists » John Muir 2009 Gear List
April 08, 12:30pm

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

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