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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: Instaflator? You mean, your mouth?
Max, You're alright!

In GEAR » The lost "jet engine" ground pad inflator?
May 29, 4:59pm

Re: 2014 PCT Blogs
I maybe follow one blog per year; sometimes none. This year I have been reading two. Both authors post about once per week. This year I have been catching Carrot's as mentioned earlier. Real...

In On the Web » 2014 PCT Blogs
May 29, 4:11pm

Re: d
Ah... you missed my humor. BTW, as a student of the Munsters and the Addams family (as a kid) -- Grandpa's official name and title was Sam Dracula, Count of Transylvania ;) He even slept...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » any LA people want to hit the sierra this weekend?
May 29, 1:30pm

Re: Aquamira A+B ratio critical?
If one deems water purification important, which I do, then IMO it is best to exactly follow the manufacturer's instructions. Given that, I find the drops to be a royal pain in the butt and yea...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Aquamira A+B ratio critical?
May 29, 1:23pm

Re: Re: Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid
I have a couple dozen of those from a time long, long ago. Strong, but heavy.

In GEAR » Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid
May 29, 11:23am

Re: Haikus
Most of us cannot spell and lack grammatical skills - remember?

In GEAR » JMT Hike: Convertable Pants vs Shorts with built in liner
May 29, 9:29am

Re: Waterproof quilt standalone shelter
For years my main quilt has been an Epiphany quilt without the nylon panel. It isn't water proof, but it is water resistant. And as Eric mentioned it can be a VPL item - good and bad. Used with...

In GEAR » Waterproof quilt standalone shelter
May 29, 9:27am

Re: PCT 2015 Gear List = Heavier than I would like
You have a lot of stuff that can be replaced with lighter options or even left at home. Problem is everyone has their favorite items and will insist their solution is best. As mentioned earlier, ge...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2015 Gear List = Heavier than I would like
May 29, 9:17am

Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid
The ground hogs or the 9" Easton stakes work best. SMC snow stakes work best in sandy soil. That being said, in the mountains I usually take titanium shepherd hooks.

In GEAR » Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid
May 29, 9:07am

Re: Multiple uses for a luggage tag
You can buy lamination kits designed to be used as luggage tags. Most people laminate a business card. I always keep my ID in my pack, as I probably won't need it and I want to maximize my base...

In Make Your Own Gear » Multiple uses for a luggage tag
May 29, 8:56am

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