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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 URL
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Re: Re: Book to read on the sierras
" "My first summer in the Sierra", John Muir. " Yes, that is available for free, online, and it is a quick read. I read it and then wandered around on foot in Yosemite unt...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Book to read on the sierras
March 17, 6:14pm

QiWiz Titanium Trowel
Happy with my original QiWiz. 10 grams (.35 ounces). Usually in stock and shipped/delivered in a couple days.

In Make Your Own Gear » Deca Spades
March 17, 6:09pm

Re: Re: How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
"Since no one is mentioned it yet, in my mind the most important issue is that there are no results on the longevity of down treated this way, and some serious suspicions that it it will have ...

In GEAR » How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
March 17, 10:29am

Re: Minimalist/barefoot shoes and gaiters
Run the string through a piece of vinyl tubing or similar. Do a Google search and you can find gaiters that are manufactured this way.

In GEAR » Minimalist/barefoot shoes and gaiters
March 17, 9:12am

Re: Re: GG Murmur w/Thinlight?
Glenn, I often don't take a ground sheet -- only a waterproof ground pad from Suluk46 -- basically a waterproof foam pad. When I only want to protect a NeoAir I take a 1/8" pad and just...

In GEAR » GG Murmur w/Thinlight?
March 17, 1:53am

Re: GG Murmur w/Thinlight?
I never had much luck with the ThinLite or NightLites for rigidity, or any other pad for that matter. However, I never tried a cut down torso length blue foam pad. they might be stiffer for this us...

In GEAR » GG Murmur w/Thinlight?
March 17, 1:14am

Re: Re: Re: Classic External Frame Project
Actually, the ability of the back to stand up on its own was one of the deal-killers (other than hip belt fitment) for me. A hiking staff and an external pack are easily converted into a nice back ...

In GEAR » Classic External Frame Project
March 17, 12:08am

Re: What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
I generally just consider the gear as tools. For those who are familiar.... You gotta smile.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 16, 11:21pm

Re: Full version in iPad

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Full Version in iPad
March 16, 10:40pm

Re: Classic External Frame Project
It looks like an Alpenlite frame, but not the bag. Look closely at the outside of the frame and you can see holes in it where the bag should be attached, and it looks like the area around the holes...

In GEAR » Classic External Frame Project
March 16, 10:32pm

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