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Nick Gatel (ngatel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me Started backpacking in the 1960's and still going strong.
CityPalm Springs
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Which manufacturers make Rain Chaps?
I have a pair of zPacks chaps. To fiddly and hot -- more the concept than the product. But his rain skirt is awesome, plus you can find many other uses for it.

In GEAR » Which manufacturers make Rain Chaps?
January 28, 6:01pm

It is too difficult for me to read long documents on my iPhone. For those who read through the survey: Were there any pencil failures? User errors when handling pencils? What are the most popular b...

In GEAR » 2014 JMT thru-hiker survey - results on gear failures
January 28, 5:56pm

Re: Re: Seriously, Do iPhones Really Belong at the Dinner Table?
The link I posted earlier in this thread was about how technology changes our perception of, and relationship to, wilderness. There's something to be said for walking in wild places without a r...

In Philosophy & Technique » Do Electronics Really Belong in the Wilderness ? !
January 25, 10:34pm

Re: Re: Condensation free, but always condescension free
Unintended Consequences of Cuben Poncho

In GEAR » Hiking Condensation-free in Rain
January 25, 10:12pm

Re: Kelty packs revisited
When Jardine invented lightweight backpacking... :) people jumped on the "revolutionary" Jardine era band wagon, and most of them were looking at getting below 20 lbs base weight. ...

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 22, 10:20pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightweight in the 50's
My Kelty D4 with the web belt is a hair under 3 lbs. With the padded wrap around belt and the steel quick release buckle it is 3 lbs 9 oz. Point is that many people had base weights under 20 lb...

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 21, 6:38pm

Re: Hiking Condensation-free in Rain
I have hiked for hours in this zPacks poncho with no interior sweating. It is waterproof. It really is too short and my shorts get wet and uncomfortable in a cold rain. I have supplemented it w...

In GEAR » Hiking Condensation-free in Rain
January 21, 6:18pm

Re: Lightweight in the 50's
Great post, Charles!

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 21, 6:06pm

Re: Re: Lightweight in the 50's
John, My son's kit is a lot heavier than mine too :) Most of those externals were over 3lbs. However there were department store packs that had plain webbing for shoulder straps and hip b...

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 21, 6:05pm

Re: UL ideas that Died
I don't think the ideas really die, just the materials change. How about my 1.75 oz canteen stove (solid fuel, alcohol, or wood)? I used this in the early 70's. My pot was an 8 ounce can...

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 21, 3:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Nick Gatel

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BPL Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody
Cool enough in 82F weather, warm in cool weather. Hood replaces light cap and light baclava. One piece of gear replaces several single items! Sizing is not 'standard.' But... if you review ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
March 09, 11:38pm

ULA Equipment
5/5 It seems that from earlier reviews, ULA has solved the communication issues with the addition of Casey to the staff, which must have solved that void. Not only was the communication great (t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 23, 1:49am