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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
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Brett Maune becomes the 10th person to finish Barkley Marathons!
Brett posted here a lot in 2009 before his JMT adventure.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Brett Maune becomes the 10th person to finish Barkley Marathons!
April 04, 11:06am

Re: Re: Polycro ?
Surprisingly, my Polycro has held up. I have read about others using it on really long trips without problems too.

In GEAR » 3.5 ounce groundsheet bad or good?
April 04, 8:52am

Re: Re: Re: SUL handicap
"But how about we handicap mileage? It's just not fair that those tall folks take fewer steps to hike a mile!" Elite marathoners are usually not tall. NBA championship winners tend...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL handicapping system for Safety concerns
April 04, 6:55am

Re: Miles per day -- little secrets
I hope this does not sound "cocky." I can easily do 20 miles per day. 40 years ago 20 miles was very doable, but very uncomfortable with that heavy pack. I am 60, and many my age (and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New to this - how fast can one backpack (miles/day)?
April 04, 2:05am

Re: Re: Republicans attack on wilderness. Unconscionable.
I posted some facts earlier in the thread about Calif unemployment. I believe it is 6 months, and was extended another 6; not sure if that is still in force. Calif pays 50% up to a max of $450 w...

In Chaff » Republican's attack on wilderness. Unconscionable!
April 04, 12:31am

Re: Pack weight ?
They answer varies by individual. I used a staff for many years, and sometimes miss it. For me they are helpful once in a while. I have the GG LT4s, almost weightless. I often just carry them in on...

In GEAR » Trekking poles ?
April 04, 12:25am

Re: Weight of mountain house 2 serving bag ?
Funny you should ask. I just weighed one at 0.9 oz, but not sure I got all of the lasagna out of it!

In GEAR » Weight of mountain house 2 serving bag ?
April 03, 5:25pm

Re: Re: EU But Not US
Too many dinosaurs still stuck in the 'Cold War' ------------------- Ben, This brought up an interesting memory. Several years ago I was finishing up my college degree. I was older...

In GEAR » TNF Sputnik?
April 03, 4:41pm

Re: Re: Let's Worry More About the Dearth of Understanding
"A big part of the problem is that large U.S. corporations have huge influence on our government so we don't do anything about it. We need to fix that to make progress on lots of problems....

In Chaff » Republican's attack on wilderness. Unconscionable!
April 03, 3:03pm

Re: gear lists
Mark, One thing I would recommend is taking your time. Lighten items one by one. Do not rush out a buy a lot of new stuff. Often you can buy used gear here on BPL to test it out. If it does not ...

In GEAR » Steps in creating a new UL kit
April 03, 12:28pm

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