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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.
My PDF Gear ListNorth Lake South Lake 2012

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All Forum Posts by Scott Bentz

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"1st thru hike JMT gear list, critique please!"
Ditch as many clothes as you can. I typically take 1 shorts, 2 underwear, 1 SS shirt, 1 LS shirt, 1 bandana (no towel), 2 socks, DriDucks top/bottom, light gloves, cap, and Tilley hat. I do not tak...

In Gear Lists » 1st thru hike JMT gear list, critique please!
August 15, 11:35am

"Tarp Camping Questions and Concerns"
Andrew, I think you would also find that most of us just cowboy camp when we can. No tarp at all. Try it. It is quite liberating. I really don't think much about bugs when I hike in the Sier...

In GEAR » Tarp Camping Questions and Concerns
August 14, 3:58pm

Redundant Items
I take 2 lights almost always. I use a Princeton Tec Impulse and I just hook one on my hat on one on my pack. I think they weigh .5 oz. each. I like to take a few extra Chlorine Dioxide Tablets ...

In GEAR » Do you carry redundant backups of critical gear?
August 14, 3:50pm

JMT Dream Trip
Good original list. Good suggestions. We all have our own hiking styles. That's why we give suggestions. . "With chemical tablets, you can't get water instantly and down a whole lite...

In Gear Lists » JMT August 25-September 12th
August 11, 8:52pm

JMT Dream Trip
Mike, Sounds like you are asking the right questions. I will just chime in on a few areas. Clothes: Just decide now not to take extra clothes. Take just what you need. You said you may want t...

In Gear Lists » Dream Trip JMT
August 09, 5:19pm

Cuisine on the Trail
"Why not some full course meals! If we put as much thought into our food prep as we do our other gear gram counting, I bet we could elevate trail cuisine to an ultralight art form. " W...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Food Revelations - four days in Yellowstone
July 10, 1:41pm

3.5 Lbs. for stuff you will never use?
"I am the crew medic, and I am carrying about 3.5 pounds of bulky supplies. I may lighten this up as well, but I have everything they put on my list when I did wilderness 1st aid." ...

In Philmont » Sleeping Bags - 2012 / Crew 1st aid kit
June 29, 3:17pm

Down Hugger #3
I'll take it. PM Sent.

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell UL Super Stretch Down Hugger #3
June 28, 9:57am

Flat Tarp 2.5
David, I sent an e-mail regarding this tarp. Scott

In Gear Deals » Oware FlatTarp 2.5 2nd on Sale
June 26, 2:19pm

Solo Trips
I mainly hike with friends because we plan trips together. Sometimes that doesn't work. Last year I hiked in to meet a friend that was at his favorite fishing spot. It was middle September so i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » how many of you do solo trips?
June 26, 2:02pm

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