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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
StateCA
CountryUSA
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: cuben vs. silnylon for a tent floor
The cuben will probably wear out much faster than other materials. Whether or not that is a problem will vary by user. So you have to determine how much the lighter option of cuben is worth to you....

In GEAR » cuben vs. silnylon for a tent floor
February 13, 9:33am

Re: Fire Starting
"How many out there typically don't have fires on their trips? I can't remember the last time I had a fire on a backpacking trip...maybe in the mid 1970's." I'm one of ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
February 12, 2:42pm

Re: Re: eBay
I don't much about Gear Swap. In 5 years I have sold 1 item and bought 2. But many people seem to complain about it. I don't understand why so many people need to sell their gear either.

In Gear Swap » 1st Post "I'll take it"
February 12, 9:07am

Re: Scotland
Ah... Christine, you are correct. However, being bi-lingual you do have a great advantage over me. Edit: I think you are multi-lingual :)

In Pre-Trip Planning » How to calculate the costs for a long-distance hike in Western Europe
February 12, 8:18am

Think outside the burrito
I do similar types of trips a couple dozen times a year. Have a business meeting in some city, then go backpacking. Often I don’t have much time to plan, but can usually find a cool remote trip s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Southwest in mid-March: looking for suggestions
February 12, 8:16am

Re: Re: Re: Gear List Project: FEEDBACK Appeciated!
"It depends on the era. In the 1970's, I would just load up the pack and then step onto the bathroom scale." That's how I did it. But not on every trip. After a couple times I ...

In GEAR » Gear List Project: FEEDBACK Appeciated!
February 12, 7:54am

Re: How to calculate the costs for a long-distance hike in Western Europe
Great post! As I suspected, the only country that makes sense for my kind of backpacking is Scotland. Guess I need to go there soon. Thanks, Christine.

In Pre-Trip Planning » How to calculate the costs for a long-distance hike in Western Europe
February 12, 7:52am

Re: REI Changes Return Policy To One Year Time Limit
Is REI now selling a lot of defective gear? Over the decades I have purchased my share of gear at REI and only had one defective item -- a bad grommet in a nylon tarp, which I was able to repla...

In Gear Deals » REI Changes Return Policy To One Year Time Limit
February 12, 7:47am

Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter?
The thought of pitching a shelter inside has never crossed my mind. Besides, my floors are cement. It would take a lot of work to drive cement nails into my floor. And now you know why God inven...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter?
February 12, 7:42am

Re: Gear List Project: FEEDBACK Appeciated!
"You will have Nick Gatel turning over in his grave." ----------------------------------------------------- Bob, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." IMO......

In GEAR » Gear List Project: FEEDBACK Appeciated!
February 11, 10:37pm

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