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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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Michael Phelps Caloric Intake
I read that Michael Phelps, the US Swimmer for all hikers that don't watch any sort of TV, read papers, magazines, talk to people or have been in the back country all summer, eats 12,000 calori...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Calories/Day Estimates
August 20, 5:09pm

Solving Nail Problems
"Sovling nail problems is great." Barrry, I have found that nail problems for me come when I have loose shoes. I like them loose. However, when I am doing long steep descents I tie ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sandals for Summer Backpacking
August 20, 1:27pm

Comfortable but not my cup of tea
I had blown out my large toe nail one day and decided to hike in my Tevas. Solved the toe nail problem and gave me another: plantar fascitis. I still have to deal with my heels from that hike a few...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sandals for Summer Backpacking
August 20, 1:07pm

Scouts and Leave No Trace
Paul, I am especially sensitive to your comments because I do pack a lot with scout groups. I prefer to go out with 2 or 3, however, when working with scouts we are usually working with bigger g...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scout Gear List
August 14, 1:06pm

Spinn Twinn
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In Gear Swap » FS: Closet Clear Out - Part I
August 11, 6:06pm

How to cut weight further?
One way is to take your own ropes, tents, stoves, packs, etc. The Philmont issued equip. is real durable but real heavy. I think where we saved our weight was in our base layer, i.e., Packs (GG Mar...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
August 11, 5:53pm

Our Lightweight Experience
Since last January, I have been working with our crew, 4 adults and 8 scouts, regarding pack weight and philosophies. This Forum helped me tremendously since Philmont has its own way of doing thing...

In Philmont » LIghtweight Philmont Experince
August 08, 6:25pm

Mariposa Plus
The Mariposa Plus has straight stays. I know one of the earlier reviews stated it would be better if the stays were curved. I don't know if the newer packs will have that option. The stays are ...

In GEAR » Help picking a pack
August 08, 1:38pm

Misting: Myth or Fact
This discussion has been interesting to me. I just got back from 2 weeks at Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico. 2 of us had Gossamer Gear "The One" tents with spinnaker cloth. It rained six...

In GEAR » Silnylon "Misting" and Ray Jardine
August 08, 1:17pm

Scouts and Backpacking
When I was a younger scout the ONLY thing that kept me in was the backpacking. We would go up to the Sierras to hike. It was heaven. Catching and eating trout. Sleeping in a tube tent. Hiking next ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » A Forum for Scouts and Scouters
August 07, 6:28pm

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