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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: 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

Re: Re: Some serious traces
See my previous post.

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 24, 12:20pm

Re: Re: None
Campsite selection is critical, but we can't predict changes in wind direction. Pitched low, I've never gotten my bag or quilt wet, or been unable to sleep. Tarps require skills that are ac...

In GEAR » 3 Tarps: Choose 1
October 24, 12:18pm

Re: Some serious traces
Execute her.

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 24, 12:14pm

Re: Water bottle holder
I have never understood the need to drink while moving. Once in a while I may slip off a UL pack and grab a water bottle, but I usually stop around once an hour to drink. I am never in such a hurry...

In GEAR » Water bottle holder
October 24, 12:09pm

They are all too small. 8x10 or 9x9 provide more coverage, more options, and no bivy required. To me these attributes trump weight every time. My Nano tarp is lighter than my bivies, which I gladly...

In GEAR » 3 Tarps: Choose 1
October 24, 12:00pm

Re: My snowshoe footwear system
Here is my system. I use a larger than normal size shoe. Shoe is not waterproof.

In Winter Hiking » My snowshoe footwear system
October 20, 6:59am

Re: Creeping Weight
Todd, With a larger tarp around 5' x 8' you don't need a bivy.

In Philosophy & Technique » Creeping Weight.
October 20, 6:51am

Re: How low in Temp can you go SUL?
Aaron, I have posted this trip report (with gear list) many times on BPL. I don't do well in cold so just below freezing is where I need to start adding stuff that really ups the weight. ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » How low in Temp can you go SUL?
October 19, 8:49pm

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