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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.
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Hey, Greg...
I'm not being argumentative. Actually I think studying all the calls would be of value.

In Philosophy & Technique » SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
April 01, 10:20pm

Jack of all trades, master of none...
Well, a shoe cannot be everything to everyone. I usually hike in cross country flats, which generally have crappy traction. The best traction shoe I have ever used are Saucony Peregrine's. N...

In GEAR » minimalist shoes with good traction on wet and dry rocks?
April 01, 10:17pm

Re: Re: Re: SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
"I believe SPOT is all private money" Um... I think they contact 911 emergency responders, that would be paid by taxpayers. If they did not contact 911 providers for the button pushers...

In Philosophy & Technique » SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
April 01, 10:01pm

Re: Re: Aluminized Cuben Shelters
I did testing on the IR thing using these pieces of test equipment: In the picture above, the reflective side is facing the interior. Also if you look closely there are Reflectix inserts...

In Gear Deals » Aluminized Cuben Shelters
April 01, 9:32pm

Re: SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
I thought SPOT was Dick and Jane's dog. I guess I was wrong. So, I wonder how many of these rescued people had multiple incidents. That would be interesting. Since SPOT uses taxpayer suppor...

In Philosophy & Technique » SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
April 01, 9:12pm

Re: zpacks poncho
Evan, There comes a point where one needs to really evaluate cost vs. benefit of really light gear. My wife and I are DINKs (double income, no kids at home any more), so I am comfortable buying ...

In GEAR » ZPacks groundsheet/poncho performance
April 01, 8:57pm

Re: Yikes !
Maybe you should just get a large silnylon tarp from Dave at Oware and practice the different pitches. You can get a 9' X 9' for $115 @ 16 ounces or a 10' X 10' for 18.5 ounces and ...

In GEAR » Lightweight shelter for two in desert
March 31, 8:18pm

Re: New Mexico
Check weather and snow conditions. Here was my solution for a similar trip, but in summer.

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Mexico
March 30, 11:23pm

Re: ZPacks groundsheet/poncho performance
Lots of experience here. Almost never use it as a groundsheet -- that is probably the quickest way to get holes in it. I use a waterproof foam pad or polycro sheet on every trip. Awesome as a ponch...

In GEAR » ZPacks groundsheet/poncho performance
March 30, 9:12pm

Re: thanks
"I'm a little perplexed why a mid (other than the DuoMid) might be better than TrailStar." It isn't better, it is a different kind of shelter. It pitches low to the ground,...

In GEAR » Lightweight shelter for two in desert
March 30, 1:15pm

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