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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: gaiters: MLD lightest/best?
Pick the right gaiter for the job. I have the dirty girls, ID eVent, and an old pair of OR Verglas. Pretty much I no longer use any of them except in snow. I do a lot of cross country dirt/de...

In GEAR » gaiters: MLD lightest/best?
April 15, 1:10pm

Re: To neoair or not to neoair
William, A search will bring up tons of threads to review. I think in general the popular consensus is very positive, unless a lighter pad is more important than comfort. For most durability and...

In GEAR » To neoair or not to neoair
April 15, 12:59pm

Re: Lightwieght vs Comfortable
In my example, I replaced two of the more common UL packs with a 3 lb 6 oz internal frame pack, increasing the load-to-total body weight by less than 2% in both examples. Your legs are not going...

In GEAR » Re-thinking the Big 3....
April 15, 12:55pm

Re: Post Hike Rituals
For multiple-day hikes, I'll usually stock a clean change of clothes in the trunk of my car. So, a change of clothing -- then BEER and food. :) +1 Except I often skip the clothing change ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post-hike rituals
April 15, 12:47pm

Re: Re: Re: I finally went crazy, are you happy now BPL?! My *SUL* base gear list
EDIT: Forgot to add...Is Nick happy? :) --------------------- Absolutely. So far I have awaken every day above ground :) I have a great family, a job I love, good health, many places nearb...

In Gear Lists » I finally went crazy, are you happy now BPL?! My *SUL* base gear list
April 14, 3:25pm

Re: I finally went crazy, are you happy now BPL?! My *SUL* base gear list
"are you happy now BPL?" :) More important is Cesar happy?

In Gear Lists » I finally went crazy, are you happy now BPL?! My *SUL* base gear list
April 14, 1:22pm

Re: Tight Budget
Sometimes you can get brand names at places like Marshall's at good discounts. Don't forget thrift shops either.

In GEAR » New to Backpacking need Clothing
April 14, 12:58pm

Re-thinking the Big 3....
Some people are always working to get to a certain base weight. Maybe sub 15lbs, 10lbs or 5lbs. With a little money and skill, sub 5lbs can be easy. I have done many trips with sub 4lb base weight....

In GEAR » Re-thinking the Big 3....
April 14, 12:09pm

Re: Geezer mileage
Eric, Maybe we should set up a trip with some of us 'senior citizens' one of these days ;-) I am very familiar with the Spring Mountains and other locales near Vegas. You live in Hend...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New to this - how fast can one backpack (miles/day)?
April 14, 2:52am

Re: Re: FS: eVent Packa
Here is a must see video...

In Gear Swap » FS: eVent Packa
April 13, 5:22pm

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