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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 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: What is your two item first aid kit?
This my FAK for the past few years Top is the back side showing the Leukotape on peelable backing. The rest is a piece of gauze, 5 Advils, one antiseptic package, and a few bandaids. In t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is your two item first aid kit?
March 05, 2:47pm

Re: Re: Bubble Wrap Case
I tried this a couple years ago. Bubble wrap using packing tape to seal the seams. A flap with Velcro. It worked well on two trips, until I confirmed what I already knew, that a phone and/or GPS...

In Make Your Own Gear » Camera Case with Plastic Sandwich
March 05, 2:32pm

Re: Kill the computer?
That won't save you. You will go online with a phone or a tablet. You are doomed.

In GEAR » Can't stop changing gear?
March 05, 2:21pm

Re: Cold weather cooking - stove choices
The MSR remote white gas stoves are tried and proven. My preferences are the DragonFly or WhisperLite. Not finicky... just need to read the manual several times and follow directions. Never, ever h...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 05, 2:19pm

Re: Re: How Do You Occupy Self during Evening/Downtime when Solo?
Perhaps it is a learned skill? In my job I sometimes spend months on end in my home office building software applications, training manuals, and workshop materials. Days on end with no one to ta...

In Philosophy & Technique » How Do You Occupy Self during Evening/Downtime when Solo?
March 05, 2:10pm

Re: Ridges look great
"I have the ability to make stoves like you and flatcatgear make. I have the ability to make Caldera Cones and conical windscreens. When do you think I should start manufacturing them to be in...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ridged Foster's Cans
March 05, 1:47pm

Re: John Muir
The are also free on the Amazon Kindle site. Re-read everyone of them last year.

In GEAR » Can't stop changing gear?
March 05, 1:45pm

Re: Nature and hi-viz
"I like to blend into the scenery with natural colors so the only "hi-viz" apparel I carry is a lightweight blaze orange vest and cap for hunting seasons." +1 Bright color...

In GEAR » Shouldn't a rain jacket ALWAYS be high visibility?
March 05, 1:41pm

Re: Can't stop changing gear?
Go backpacking more often. You won't have time to think about new gear, and your savings account will grow.

In GEAR » Can't stop changing gear?
March 05, 8:55am

Re: nice setup w/out wasting $$$
Buying expensive gear that works is not a waste of money, but an investment. Buying cheap gear that works is an investment. Buying expensive or cheap gear that doesn't or doesn't last i...

In Gear Lists » New gear list, nothing fancy
February 27, 6:13am

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