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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 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: Cactus spines
Yeah, really nothing to worry about unless you are sleep walking. The only shoes I've had spines go through the soles are cross-country racing flats. Kicking up a cholla cluster can be painf...

In GEAR » Footwear and Shelter in the Grand Canyon
September 25, 4:08pm

Re: Freezer
"Throw them in a bag and put in the freezer overnight, thaw the next day and the stink is gone! Old thru-hiker trick." Yeah, like the wife is going to allow that. A few years ago I ...

In GEAR » Post-Hike Stinky Shoes?
September 25, 9:25am

Re: Re: +1 on the REI Acme Schoeller
I've had a pair of these for years and they are my go to cold weather pants. REI also makes the Mistral pants which is a little thinner material. I have a couple pair of theses I bought years a...

In GEAR » winter pants suggestions?
September 25, 9:22am

Re: Re: Pockets for Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packs
Luckily my pack builder includes water holsters with his packs. You can choose your size (S, M, L, XL), material, construction (single or double layer), and color. They attach securely, can be tilt...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pockets for Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packs
September 25, 6:44am

Re: Kind of Ironic
Flash floods are wonderful. I have seen a couple "100 year floods" that wiped out major portions of mature palm groves. Kind of sad for the short term enjoyment, but nature recovers. E...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why you never camp in a dry wash ...
September 25, 6:19am

Re: Acceptable down bag weight?
An acceptable weight is the bag or quilt that will keep you warm in the conditions you travel. There are other factors such as sleeping pad (if you use one) and shelter from wind and other elements...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Acceptable down bag weight?
September 25, 6:16am

Re: Puppies fly?
A dog may want to go with his human, but does not have the ability to determine if it is safe or not. My dog hates rivers and lakes, but reluctantly will get in our inflatable boat because he has s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » When puppies fly
September 25, 6:09am

Re: Post-Hike Stinky Shoes?
This has happened to me twice. Once when I sat in a hot spring with my shoes on. The smelled like sulfur. Second time a few months ago when I hiked a few days in non-stop rain, threw my wet shoes i...

In GEAR » Post-Hike Stinky Shoes?
September 25, 6:05am

Re: When puppies fly
This one is better.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » When puppies fly
September 24, 8:20pm

Re: Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern
Take the Forest Service road a couple miles east of Johnsondale and turn right. Drive about 20+ miles to Lloyd Meadows. There is a trail to the Forks of the Kern. You are entering the Golden Tr...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern
September 22, 5:17pm

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