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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: Waterproof inside layer for winter bag
I doubt manufacturers would sell enough of them to make it viable. The is a solution that has worked well for me in winter. A Cuben EE quilt inside of a Nunatak Arc Specialist.

In GEAR » Waterproof inside layer for winter bag
January 27, 7:52pm

Re: Chouinard?
Yes, it is a Chouinard. Actually it is mine being aired out for a trip last year after sitting in my gear closet for a couple years. It was my main shelter for over 20 years, but I have lighter opt...

In Philosophy & Technique » Pitching a pyramid tent
January 27, 7:43pm

Re: Ear Plugs / Headphones
Why would one want ear plugs in the wilderness? Or earphones?

In Multiple Use Gear » Ear Plugs / Headphones
January 27, 7:00pm

Re: Re: Re: Looking for Recomendations for Shorts
Patagonia baggies don't have belt loops, just a draw string. My medium (5" inseam) sans inner weighs 5.4 ounces. The material to tough, tough, tough. The lightest shorts I have ever found ...

In GEAR » Looking for Recomendations for Shorts
January 27, 6:57pm

The problem with bivys
Other than special uses, such as mountaineering, I find bivys to be a band aid for something lacking in the shelter department. With poncho/tarps, it is the fact the shelter may be too small. For w...

In GEAR » Tarps vs tents vs bivys: What's your $0.02?
January 27, 6:42pm

Re: Re: Gear Swap practices
"It's a free market. BPL does not have any official position on this." More importantly, why are the SO MANY gear swap posts. I hate that they clog up the main page listing of rece...

In GEAR » Gear Swap practices
January 27, 6:28pm

Re: GGG in Southern CA
Some of more illustrious So Cal BPLers will be doing a big run the week before in Zion and may not be able to attend.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » GGG in Southern CA
January 27, 6:25pm

Re: Down hat vs wool hat... wool seems to be the better choice?
Down is good for sitting around or sleeping with a quilt. Wool is good, I like a fleece cap best.

In GEAR » Down hat vs wool hat... wool seems to be the better choice?
January 27, 6:17pm

Judge and Jury
I have a dog. I don't take him backpacking. He does go camping a lot and he hikes often, but only where he is allowed to go and is always leashed. Those are the rules. I hate most dog owners...

In On the Web » Canine thru-hike of CDT
January 27, 6:11pm

Bizzard
Back in the 80's I started to do winter snow trips. It was time to retire my old army gear and modernize. I bought new snowshoes, ice axe, shovel, a down parka and pants, and a winter tent. I c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Horror Stories
January 27, 5:59pm

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