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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 small camera with viewfinder?
For a few years I used a Canon SD1200IS. Small and light. 10MP. The viewfinder works great. I even bought an underwater case for it here on BPL. I bet you could find a used one for under $100. No R...

In Photography » Which small camera with viewfinder?
May 09, 12:29pm

I looked into sending my kids to Mater Dei. Something like 95% of the students go to college. One graduate won the Heisman, but I don't think it was Jay. Unfortunately, the tuition to Mater Dei...

In Photo Gallery » USA vs Australia/ Rugby
May 09, 12:02pm

Re: Re: Giardia & Sawyer mini
I don't share food. Another good reason to hike alone. :)

In GEAR » Have you ever gotten sick after filtering water?
May 09, 11:55am

The correct answer
"My Ursack has never been seriously challenged- a few chipmunks I think, and still looks like new. But as I mentioned I use it selectively. Heck, in general my whole goal is to get out away fr...

In GEAR » Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?
May 09, 11:51am

Re: TarpTent
I think it is common knowledge that Franco has a relationship with Tarptent. Before his relationship with Tarptent, he had a lot of experience with many brands, and entered into a relationship with...

In GEAR » single vs double wall tent confusion
May 09, 11:46am

Re: Have you ever gotten sick after filtering water?
I have never used a filter, chemicals work for me. And I manage my water by carrying a little extra at times so the required purification time is completed. I have pulled nasty looking water from t...

In GEAR » Have you ever gotten sick after filtering water?
May 09, 11:21am

Re: Re: The Mature Market
I don't know if we can say backpacking exclusive to the wealthy. When I started most of my gear was purchased at swap meets and Army-Navy surplus stores. I grew up in an area at the bottom of t...

In GEAR » Gentrified?
May 09, 11:09am

Re: Polish the "bowl" on ti spoon?
Another and simpler option is a Dremel tool if you already have one. You can buy different grit sandpaper in a wheel or other configurations, plus buffing tools. Rubbing compounds come in different...

In GEAR » Polish the "bowl" on ti spoon?
May 09, 10:39am

Re: how large is your pack?
For several years now my go to backs for longer trips have been: McHale Bump at 33 liters McHale LBP 36 at 39 liters Both have detachable lids, hip pockets, and one shoulder strap pocket, al...

In GEAR » how large is your pack?
May 09, 10:31am

Re: We talk a lot about bears. What about boars?
I have never seen a wild pig or boar in the wild. I have seen and been close to Javelinas while hiking in Arizona. They are not pigs, although look and act similarly, and are much smaller. Males ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » We talk a lot about bears. What about boars?
May 09, 10:05am

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