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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
My Website URL
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
For decades I mostly used foam pads. Then, when I reached 60, I found them to be uncomfortable for the first couple of nights. Sleeping on the floor for a couple of nights before a trip at home on ...

In GEAR » Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
October 26, 11:26am

Re: Re: Blisters & Hydration
"It is well known that these issues are usually linked to poor hydration status. Dehydrated skin is not resilient. Many times I have started to feel some chaffing & taken it as a message t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultra Runners know nothing about Fastpacking.
October 26, 11:13am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow, thanks!
I live in the western US, so the Hexamid is used about 90% of the time as we have mild weather. I have a good mix of deserts, local mountains (elevations can exceed 10K feet), and the Sierra Nevada...

In GEAR » Simple questions about 6 x 9 tarps
October 26, 11:01am

Re: Dumbest thing I've ever carried...
Another dumb thing I brought was a smart phone. No cell reception, the map was too small, took crappy pictures, and had no other value. I do leave the phone in my truck to call my wife and let her ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 26, 10:31am

Re: Re: Re: Wow, thanks!
Cesar, I rarely use the poncho as a groundsheet as it will wear. For a groundsheet I usually just use a waterproof foam pad or sometimes a polycro sheet cut to around 25" x 80". The po...

In GEAR » Simple questions about 6 x 9 tarps
October 26, 10:24am

Re: Wow, thanks!
Cesar, I have gone the small tarp plus bivy. I have found that a large cuben tarp (8X10) or Hexamid with the smallish zPacks cuben poncho is the lightest set-up to cover shelter and rain gear. N...

In GEAR » Simple questions about 6 x 9 tarps
October 26, 9:20am

Re: Re: Some serious traces
See my previous post.

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 24, 12:20pm

Re: Re: None
Campsite selection is critical, but we can't predict changes in wind direction. Pitched low, I've never gotten my bag or quilt wet, or been unable to sleep. Tarps require skills that are ac...

In GEAR » 3 Tarps: Choose 1
October 24, 12:18pm

Re: Some serious traces
Execute her.

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 24, 12:14pm

Re: Water bottle holder
I have never understood the need to drink while moving. Once in a while I may slip off a UL pack and grab a water bottle, but I usually stop around once an hour to drink. I am never in such a hurry...

In GEAR » Water bottle holder
October 24, 12:09pm

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