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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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The correct answer
"My Ursack has never been seriously challenged- a few chipmunks I think, and still looks like new. But as I mentioned I use it selectively. Heck, in general my whole goal is to get out away fr...

In GEAR » Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?
May 09, 11:51am

Re: TarpTent
I think it is common knowledge that Franco has a relationship with Tarptent. Before his relationship with Tarptent, he had a lot of experience with many brands, and entered into a relationship with...

In GEAR » single vs double wall tent confusion
May 09, 11:46am

Re: Have you ever gotten sick after filtering water?
I have never used a filter, chemicals work for me. And I manage my water by carrying a little extra at times so the required purification time is completed. I have pulled nasty looking water from t...

In GEAR » Have you ever gotten sick after filtering water?
May 09, 11:21am

Re: Re: The Mature Market
I don't know if we can say backpacking exclusive to the wealthy. When I started most of my gear was purchased at swap meets and Army-Navy surplus stores. I grew up in an area at the bottom of t...

In GEAR » Gentrified?
May 09, 11:09am

Re: Polish the "bowl" on ti spoon?
Another and simpler option is a Dremel tool if you already have one. You can buy different grit sandpaper in a wheel or other configurations, plus buffing tools. Rubbing compounds come in different...

In GEAR » Polish the "bowl" on ti spoon?
May 09, 10:39am

Re: how large is your pack?
For several years now my go to backs for longer trips have been: McHale Bump at 33 liters McHale LBP 36 at 39 liters Both have detachable lids, hip pockets, and one shoulder strap pocket, al...

In GEAR » how large is your pack?
May 09, 10:31am

Re: We talk a lot about bears. What about boars?
I have never seen a wild pig or boar in the wild. I have seen and been close to Javelinas while hiking in Arizona. They are not pigs, although look and act similarly, and are much smaller. Males ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » We talk a lot about bears. What about boars?
May 09, 10:05am

Re: Gear changes
Richard, I haven't skied since 1973. Bindings were potential ankle breakers and skis were long and heavy. Plus it got too expensive to ski in California, not to mention too crowded. Most of my ...

In GEAR » Gentrified?
May 09, 9:50am

Re: fleece vs puffy
Like Paul, I am again using 100 fleece more often. It was a mainstay for me in the late 70's through 2008, when I joined BPL. After a few difficult trips trying to stay warm and dry with fewer ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Layering for Beginners
May 09, 9:36am

Re: Better techniques or skills for the rain?
A poncho is going to be the best rain garment because it has the most ventilation. A poncho isn't perfect because your arms are exposed most of the time and most ponchos are big and billowy. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Better techniques or skills for the rain?
May 09, 9:28am

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