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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
StateCA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.popupbackpacker.com
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: How to calculate the costs for a long-distance hike in Western Europe
Great post! As I suspected, the only country that makes sense for my kind of backpacking is Scotland. Guess I need to go there soon. Thanks, Christine.

In Pre-Trip Planning » How to calculate the costs for a long-distance hike in Western Europe
February 12, 7:52am

Re: REI Changes Return Policy To One Year Time Limit
Is REI now selling a lot of defective gear? Over the decades I have purchased my share of gear at REI and only had one defective item -- a bad grommet in a nylon tarp, which I was able to repla...

In Gear Deals » REI Changes Return Policy To One Year Time Limit
February 12, 7:47am

Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter?
The thought of pitching a shelter inside has never crossed my mind. Besides, my floors are cement. It would take a lot of work to drive cement nails into my floor. And now you know why God inven...

In Community Support Forum » Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter?
February 12, 7:42am

Re: Gear List Project: FEEDBACK Appeciated!
"You will have Nick Gatel turning over in his grave." ----------------------------------------------------- Bob, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." IMO......

In GEAR » Gear List Project: FEEDBACK Appeciated!
February 11, 10:37pm

eBay
Problem solved.

In Gear Swap » 1st Post "I'll take it"
February 11, 9:10pm

Re: MYOG Gone Bad
Seems like everyone missed the very important point here... Your wife is going backpacking in NZ, and you are staying home? Now that is a problem! Go down there, fix it, and join her for a few w...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Gone Bad
February 09, 10:49pm

Re: How did I get so heavy? Late Aug JMT solo
At first I thought this was going to be a thread about you gaining weight :) If it was me, I could just leave several items at home and be comfortable and lighter. So, decide what you really nee...

In Gear Lists » How did I get so heavy? Late Aug JMT solo
February 09, 10:44pm

Re: Durability
Agree with Dan. The OP picked a wide breadth of sleep systems though, so the feedback may not be useful in picking a solution.

In GEAR » Long term durability of Zpacks, Enlightened Equipment and Western Mountaineering bags/quilts
February 09, 10:35pm

Re: alternative to breadbag socks?
I have had good luck with Rocky GoreTex socks and breathable shoes. BPL published a great article on light winter footwear a few years ago, but you need to be a paying member to read it.

In GEAR » alternative to breadbag socks?
February 09, 10:26pm

Re: A man of many Mchales
Hi Mark, Thanks for the kind words. No, it is only 2 McHales. I found the first one too big for short trips and needed a smaller one that could easily carry a couple gallons of water. I also oft...

In GEAR » Gear Talk
February 09, 10:13pm

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