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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: Re: I picked the wrong hobby.
"For me to get to mountains I need to drive 10-11 hours or get on an airplane." Move. As Horace Greeley said, "Go west young man, go west."

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I picked the wrong hobby.
September 21, 8:50am

Re: Re: lightroom vs aperture for a noob
I had Photoshop and Lightroom on a Windows machine. Recently I bought a Mac and bought Lightroom for Mac. It is identical to the Windows version. One very important thing about Lightroom is tha...

In Photography » lightroom vs aperture for a noob
September 21, 8:47am

Re: Efficient gear storage
This is why I bought a house. You might look into renting one of the self storage units. That is what I did when I rented a one room apartment. Cheaper rent usually means less square footage.

In GEAR » Efficient gear storage
September 21, 8:39am

Re: Re: 3 p shelter
Ha! Two is company and three a crowd.

In GEAR » 3 person shelter for JMT?
September 21, 8:36am

Re: Cuben Floors
"These holes often don't matter if you're camped on good terrain (ie. loamy forest floor that absorbs water)." I have posted too many times about my zPacks poncho/groundsheet. ...

In GEAR » Cuben Ground = Sieve
September 21, 8:32am

Wrong pole for the job
I have a zPacks pole for my Hexamid. After a few trips it felt too flimsy and I replaced it with a thicker one from Ruta Locura. The trailstar has way too much tension for either of these poles....

In GEAR » carbon fiber tarp pole breakage.
September 21, 8:00am

Silly thread
So we have riots in Missouri, wackos shooting kids in schools, escalated US presence in Iraq and Syria... And then this thread. It doesn't matter. It isn't important.

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 12, 12:29am

Trails are the Problem
We need to make it difficult to get into our wild places, and even more difficult to stay there. If people have to earn the right to go to wild places, they will learn to appreciate and live in the...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
September 11, 7:27pm

Re: First Backpacking Trip - Lessons Learned, Advice Welcome
Kate, First trip and solo too. Good for you. Enjoyed the commentary and the pictures. Most people don't eat a lot the first few days out on a trip as you learned. As far as the water treatme...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Backpacking Trip - Lessons Learned, Advice Welcome
September 11, 6:46pm

Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney
Great trip!! Don't worry about the weight comments. You can start paring it down trip, by trip. Better to hike often with a heavy pack than to hike infrequently with a light pack. Hope your ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Horseshoe to Whitney 2014
September 11, 6:42pm

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