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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: SoCal Himalayans
Do not under estimate the southern California mountains. They can through everything at you the Sierras can. Avalanches, white-out conditions, cold, ice chutes, etc. Most of the time they are mi...

In Post-Trip Reports » SoCal Winter Epic,1.9.11
January 17, 10:12am

Re: Problem Vendor
I do most of my shopping on the Internet, and have had only one bad transaction. The seller disappeared. It was a PayPal purchase. I contacted PayPal and got my money back in less than 30 days. All...

In GEAR » Recourse for a bad vendor?
January 17, 2:54am

Re: Re: Re: Pre
"Put another way: How many of the fastest 25 5 K times were not Eithopian or Kenyan?" Or Moroccan. That probably would leave about 2 people :)

In Other Activities » My son just won the Big West Conference 10K
January 17, 2:48am

Re: New to digital...A few questions.
When I was a young man I toyed with the idea of becoming a professional photographer. I started with a 4X5 Speed Graflex in high school, then twin-lens reflex, and finally SLR. Did my own film deve...

In Photography » New to digital...A few questions.
January 17, 2:46am

Re: Training and Time
Well Craig, this is kinda what I said, but you stated it much more eloquently.

In Editor's Roundtable » Vibram FiveFingers KSO Treks Review
January 17, 1:51am

Re: Raingear for JMT/SHR in Sept
As mentioned, I would be more concerned with wind protection, and I always look at the extended weather forecast. If you are going to be gone for more than about 5 days, don't put too much fait...

In GEAR » Raingear for JMT/SHR in Sept
January 16, 4:31am

Re: Tarp or Tarp Tent
No easy answer. And what people use is very subjective and personal. You might look at a Six Moons Wild Oasis. It only weighs 13oz and has a bug net around the bottom perimeter. I prefer a tarp ...

In GEAR » Tarp or Tarp Tent
January 16, 3:57am

Re: World Map -- As Drawn by Facebook Users
I don't understand the popularity or useful purpose of Facebook. But then I get PO'd if someone sends me a text message on my phone... why don't they just call me? But then, I usual...

In Chaff » World Map -- As Drawn by Facebook Users
January 16, 3:51am

Re: bladders
I have a couple of hydration bladders, that were given to me as gifts. Tried them a couple of times, and really did not find them convenient. Sometimes I use 1L or 2L platys, but mostly 1L water bo...

In GEAR » Anyone move away from Water Bladders?
January 16, 3:43am

Re: Pre
Pre... I hear a lot about him, since his birthday and Joe's are the same day, January 25th :) Current American Record is 12:56 set by Dathan Ritzehein in August 2009. World Record is ...

In Other Activities » My son just won the Big West Conference 10K
January 16, 3:14am

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