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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: BPL just changed the rules..
I think Craig said it all very well. The thread that you posted was doomed to be a nightmare from the start, and I am sure the two parties you identified were probably not thrilled about it eith...

In Chaff » The new Chaff
January 14, 2:34pm

Re: Cotton as a base layer
One of the interesting commentaries in this thread and the thread linked by Richard is the argument that cotton makes a good base layer in dry, hot conditions (i.e. the desert, in the summer). Is t...

In GEAR » Performance characteristics of nylon and spandex when used as base layers
January 14, 2:17pm

Re: Re: Re: Ultimate Solutions
> I bet after 2-3K miles, even "traditional" backpacks will show significant battle scars. Agree. But there is a difference between life span and battle scars. Somewhere in my g...

In GEAR » Pack Cover Weight?
January 14, 2:10pm

Re: SpinnTwinn and bivy?
For most 3 season use the SpinnTwinn, properly pitched, should be fine without a bivy for keeping everything dry. However, if something unplanned happens, such as camping in a depression that flood...

In GEAR » SpinnTwinn and bivy?
January 14, 1:47am

Re: Had VFF's for a couple of years.
I've had a pair of KSOs for about 18 months. They are a struggle to get on at first, the problem is getting each toe into its proper toe condom. But with a little practice is gets pretty quick....

In Editor's Roundtable » Vibram FiveFingers KSO Treks Review
January 14, 1:20am

Re: No real chance
I think his real problem is going to be mental. Most people cannot go for long periods by themselves. They need company. Andy, your thoughts on this?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The Initiative...12,500 miles, one year, will he do it?
January 14, 12:58am

Re: Ultimate Solutions
The ultimate solution is to switch to a durable cuben pack and dispense with pack covers and liners all together :) Joe at Z-packs says his cuben packs' life span is one full thru-hike. Not ...

In GEAR » Pack Cover Weight?
January 14, 12:52am

Re: Re: Thx
You live in LA. Easiest is San Jacinto. No worry about parking, there is no snow in the Tramway parking lot. In 30 minutes you will be at 8,500 feet. Two mile hike to Round Valley and 500 feet elev...

In Winter Hiking » Snow Camping in the Southern Sierra (or anywhere for that matter).
January 13, 12:55am

Re: Re: new waterfall record
Introducing a hands down future winner of The Darwin Award. I second your nomination.

In Packrafting » new waterfall record
January 13, 12:24am

Re: Solar Panels??
DW, Wow. That's a lot of planning. Would be cool if you could post some pictures. Perhaps if we are hijacking this thread we could start a new one in Chaff. I installed 3 ceiling fans in ...

In GEAR » Solar Panels??
January 13, 12:08am

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