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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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First Trip with Wife
The first trip my wife came along also included two of my daughters. We started in the afternoon on the High Sierra Trail and hiked to 9 Mile Creek. The next day we went up to Hamilton Lake where w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First trip for the wife
July 30, 1:16pm

Everest
First of all David, I am sorry for your loss. Even though people are killed "doing what they love", it still is a loss. Climbers like that are really wired differently. On my trip hom...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » This is why climbing Everest is stupid.
July 29, 6:03pm

Found on Trail
Hiking in the desert I found a whole bunch of water stashed under a bush. I drank it all and left the empties behind...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
July 12, 3:31pm

My forest is burning
When I was on the JMT I crested Forester to there meet some other hikers that told me where I live (La Canada-Flintridge, CA) was "all on fire". We lost 650,000 acres in the Station Fire....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My forest is burning!
July 11, 7:33pm

Re: The topic
"Instead we just jump our grimy selves into every lake or stream for a nice swim, proud that we aren't contaminating it with evil detergents." But we do jump in with DEET and SPF 60!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » scented dr bronner soap and bears
July 10, 6:59pm

JMT
Like others have said, there will be water. Just not as much running water but you will still see a lot of rivers running. "Like I said I usually hike in areas where there is no need to c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT this year?
May 15, 6:07pm

Bearikade
I too have the Weekender for my 7-8 day trips. The only choice for me is the Bearikade or the Garcia. I have hiked using the Bear Vault and have found it really frustrating to open at the most inop...

In GEAR » Bearikades
May 13, 2:26pm

Nice Report
Thanks for the nice report. My son and I will be doing the same exact route (maybe in reverse) in July. He has been away for 2 years and that will be our first trip back together. Thanks for the pi...

In Post-Trip Reports » Glacier Divide Loop ~ Piute Pass, Alpine Col, Lamarck Col
April 30, 5:11pm

Nice job on going lighter
"I'm currently at 13 pounds (down from 17)" Nice job on going lighter without spending money. "a lighter filter (Katadyn Hiker, 13 ounces)" Read more here and you will ...

In GEAR » Mike Clelland Videos
April 25, 2:20pm

Food Weight
With your plan you will be doing about 17-19 miles a day for 12-14 days. I could not get along with 16 oz. of food unless it was really, really, really, calorie dense (like the canister full of pea...

In Gear Lists » Everyone needs their own JMT 2012 gear list
April 23, 2:47pm

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