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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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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

"Seeing a Canister"
The two times I have been asked whether or not I was carrying a canister they did not want to see it. I just knocked on the pack and that was enough. One was in Yosemite the other in Sequoia. On...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Can Cheating?
January 12, 1:04pm

Tents at Philmont
I would highly recommend NOT to use Philmont tents. They are built to last through a few seasons and a few hundred scouts or adults. I think they weigh in at 7 lbs. with stakes (about 12 of them ne...

In Philmont » Will they let you do this?
January 06, 2:00pm

Heavyweight Beginnings
As a young scout in the early 70's I do not remember carrying that much on our 50 miler. A Kelty framed pack, sleeping bag, tube tent for 2, cook gear, food, etc. We ate oatmeal, rice and fish ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heavy Weight Beginnings
December 01, 5:43pm

Pre-Trip Hikes
I would hate to have a kid that is unmanageable on a trip like this. We all know boys will be boys and that's what is fun sometimes. But if a kid is going to stink up the trip for someone else ...

In Philmont » Kid and Dad are a handful
December 01, 4:20pm

Stoves and Fuel
We used canister stoves. 3 in total but only needed 2. 2 Primus Micorn stoves and one MSR Pocket Rocket. We also took 16 oz canisters. 3 in total for a crew of 12. Next time I would use 8 oz. can...

In Philmont » Backpacking Light @ Philmont
November 18, 3:38pm

Leave No Trace #4
I love campfires but have also noticed it is more and more restricted. Fire suppression hasn't helped at all since there is so much fuel out there. Principle #4 MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Campfires in the backcountry
November 17, 6:35pm

Me too!
If Tad doesn't want it I'd buy it from you. My son has been looking for a tarp to sew for some time now. Scott

In Gear Swap » Ray-Way Tarp Kit and NetTent Kit
November 03, 4:54pm

Bearikade Rental
Was it mentioned that Bearikade has a rental program also? Check them out on-line. It's what most of the rangers carry (probably at their own expense). Scott

In GEAR » Bear Canister Rental on JMT
October 21, 1:10pm

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