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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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just finished the JMT... a few observations and thoughts
"Fast is a four letter word." Jim Ledbetter Work (or time off from work) can also be a four letter word. Me I often think about the pace I choose. Since I began backpacking again I ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » just finished the JMT... a few observations and thoughts
September 12, 5:50pm

Good news for those who pack their iPhones
A few weeks ago I went out for 4 days solo. I almost never pack my iPhone but on this trip I did. I was glad too! I had a lot of rain one early afternoon before heading up Muir Pass (south to north...

In GEAR » Good news for those who pack their iPhones
September 12, 4:53pm

SHR Next week - Here is my gear list
Just a couple of thoughts: Jetboil fuel. I think the reason to take the weight of a JetBoil is because you can get a boil real fast and thus save fuel. Could you get along with 1 canister and sa...

In Gear Lists » SHR Next week - Here is my gear list
September 06, 4:20pm

JMT
"I intend on using 3 of them (weeks) on the trail." Andrew, If I had the time I think 3 weeks is the perfect time on the JMT. That way you really get to spend some nice time at each...

In Gear Lists » Updated 2013 JMT Gear List
August 29, 6:24pm

Where are the lightweight backpackers? Not on the JMT...
Is this what this thread is about. I did not say a word to him about his pack. Looked like he was having, huff, a, huff, lot, huff, fun, huff. He and his wife were up there with two of their kids. ...

In GEAR » Where are the lightweight backpackers? Not on the JMT...
August 29, 6:11pm

Isaac creates Contrail wind speed test opportunity
"That was a great lesson in looking both up and down when selecting a site." Always need to look for those "widowmakers".

In GEAR » Isaac creates Contrail wind speed test opportunity
August 29, 4:37pm

How fast to you hike
In the Sierra, with so much elevation gain and loss, I just figure 2 miles per hour which includes a stop for lunch and a swim, etc. If I am alone, I can bump that up a bit, but not much. When we d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast to you hike?
August 29, 4:01pm

Updated 2013 JMT Gear List
"Anyone use the solo for a similar stretch?" Yes, just hike farther each day! :)

In Gear Lists » Updated 2013 JMT Gear List
August 29, 11:16am

Re: 2-Person Shelters TSW - Looking for feedback for my next in-depth article!
I agree with Henry. Yes, weight is a great concern, but cutting off some of the more popular lightweight shelters by just a few ounces may leave out a couple of nice shelters.

In GEAR » 2-Person Shelters TSW - Looking for feedback for my next in-depth article!
August 29, 10:24am

Question for Gossamer Gear 2012 Pack Owners
Just got back from a 65 mile trip in the Sierra. First time out for me with a 2012 Gorilla. My go to pack for the last few years has been a Mariposa Plus. This is the second trip on this pack as my...

In GEAR » Question for Gossamer Gear 2012 Pack Owners
August 27, 12:42pm

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