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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: misanthropic
Dog Poop! I had to look that word up. I have added it to my vocabulary.

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 26, 12:03pm

Re: Re: @ Richard Nisley

In GEAR » Help with Puffy design
October 26, 12:02pm

Re: The TP issue
Ditto. But you have to realize that most people are..., well you know me, I am a curmudgeon. You know those little doggie poop bags that are made available at some parks? They can be purchase...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 26, 11:37am

@ Richard Nisley
Do you know the clo of the Mirage? Living in the desert I get cold easily. I have been using a Fugu for a few years with good results, but it is somewhat heavy and has no hood and I am re-think...

In GEAR » Help with Puffy design
October 26, 11:30am

Re: Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
For decades I mostly used foam pads. Then, when I reached 60, I found them to be uncomfortable for the first couple of nights. Sleeping on the floor for a couple of nights before a trip at home on ...

In GEAR » Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
October 26, 11:26am

Re: Re: Blisters & Hydration
"It is well known that these issues are usually linked to poor hydration status. Dehydrated skin is not resilient. Many times I have started to feel some chaffing & taken it as a message t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultra Runners know nothing about Fastpacking.
October 26, 11:13am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow, thanks!
I live in the western US, so the Hexamid is used about 90% of the time as we have mild weather. I have a good mix of deserts, local mountains (elevations can exceed 10K feet), and the Sierra Nevada...

In GEAR » Simple questions about 6 x 9 tarps
October 26, 11:01am

Re: Dumbest thing I've ever carried...
Another dumb thing I brought was a smart phone. No cell reception, the map was too small, took crappy pictures, and had no other value. I do leave the phone in my truck to call my wife and let her ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 26, 10:31am

Re: Re: Re: Wow, thanks!
Cesar, I rarely use the poncho as a groundsheet as it will wear. For a groundsheet I usually just use a waterproof foam pad or sometimes a polycro sheet cut to around 25" x 80". The po...

In GEAR » Simple questions about 6 x 9 tarps
October 26, 10:24am

Re: Wow, thanks!
Cesar, I have gone the small tarp plus bivy. I have found that a large cuben tarp (8X10) or Hexamid with the smallish zPacks cuben poncho is the lightest set-up to cover shelter and rain gear. N...

In GEAR » Simple questions about 6 x 9 tarps
October 26, 9:20am

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