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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: Electrolyte needs and real food
Where I mostly hike (deserts), I go through a lot of water because I sweat a lot.I probably sweat less than most who hike in deserts because I am acclimated to it. I have tried all kinds of elec...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Electrolyte needs and real food
November 17, 8:43pm

Re: Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
I tried trekking poles for a couple years and generally vehemently dislike them. I often take a hiking staff, usually on more leisurely trips. Really doesn't help, except when I substitute i...

In GEAR » Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
November 17, 8:26pm

Re: Water Strategy
The best answer is probably, you will have to determine what works best for your physiology. Over time you will figure out what works for you.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Strategy
November 12, 8:31pm

Globe Trotter
Jim, Yes it is. I have two of them. I have about 6 of the 1/2 height canisters left. Also have some of the full size ones too. BTW, a Svea 123 fits into the two Globe Trotter cups perfectly!!...

In Editor's Roundtable » Can I Cook in my Tent?
November 12, 7:32pm

Re: Re: Works great
Craig, I've been toying with the idea of getting a packrat for quite a while. Perhaps we can practice together in the LA River. Should have some good rapids if we get enough rain this year :)

In Packrafting » Ocean Packrafting?
November 12, 6:39pm

Re: Re: No more plastic...
"I use anodized aluminum Sea to Summit spoon. Cut off the end to fit in my pot. 0.3 oz so it doesn't really matter if there's something a little lighter. Annodized is rough texture a b...

In GEAR » No more plastic...
November 12, 5:17pm

Re: Toothpaste
I wonder how many calories are in a single serving of toothpaste. But then we would probably need to calculate the number of calories consumed to brush your teeth with said toothpaste. There is pro...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
November 12, 5:12pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Can I Cook in my Tent?
I never get huge flare-ups with my Whisperlite and I get less with the Dragonfly. Properly used a Svea 123 is even better. Have used all inside a tent -- but I always start them next to the "d...

In Editor's Roundtable » Can I Cook in my Tent?
November 12, 5:06pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Both sides
"Come on a bushwack in the Whites of New Hampshire! I'll give you $20 if you can average over 1-mph and wind up staying on your predetermined route. Although your jacket and pack will prob...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
November 12, 4:53pm

Re: Re: Re: Ocean Packrafting?
"In my mind it starts tipping the scale towards buying a small RIB with a 25hp and just putting in at a launch or beach launching if I have a friend." I have a 10'6" inflatabl...

In Packrafting » Ocean Packrafting?
November 12, 4:34pm

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