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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
StateCA
CountryUSA
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: Re: If ifs and buts were candy and nuts..................
ah... Craig, In my life, I do not "What if." But I do solve problems; how could I do this better, etc. That could be construed as a "what if." But I never, ever look at somet...

In Philosophy & Technique » What If?
September 22, 3:34pm

Re: Re: keep the shovel and the axe
You guys were quick to post... did it while I was responding to Craig. Of course we need to use whatever is available at the moment. So Bob's experience was good. In 3 seasons I go real...

In GEAR » Finalizing other winter gear - feedback appreciated
September 22, 3:06pm

Re: Re: Re: Finalizing other winter gear - feedback appreciated
Craig, Agree on the axe, and what I was looking for. The shovel weight surprised me. It is aluminum with a light wood handled. I weighed it several times. Actually it is 21.5 oz. Don't th...

In GEAR » Finalizing other winter gear - feedback appreciated
September 22, 2:55pm

Finalizing other winter gear - feedback appreciated
Just a few other items in assembling my winter only gear. Clothing is covered. Will be using a McHale LBP which will have about 3,000+ ci and the capability of adding additional storage as needed. ...

In GEAR » Finalizing other winter gear - feedback appreciated
September 22, 1:09pm

Inspiring Others
My wife enjoys day hikes, usually 10 to 16 miles in just about any kind of terrain. She never has and is completely unwilling to sleep on the ground. She especially enjoys camping in our tent trail...

In Philosophy & Technique » What If?
September 22, 11:01am

Re: Seeking Feedback on Winter Foot System
Again, thanks to everyone who input their thoughts on this. Cumulatively I guess I have a lot of snow experience, since I have been doing it for several decades. But realistically, one or two sh...

In GEAR » Seeking Feedback on Winter Foot System
September 22, 10:03am

Re: Bear Cannisters
Roger, This is a difficult thing to categorize. There are several brands, sizes and weights. Also, there are many best practices. Some people even carry them empty outside the pack, and then fil...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort
September 21, 8:11pm

Re: MLD DuoMid vs. Scarp 1 for snow? Need feedback, please.
I want to thank everyone on their feedback. It is important to note that I want a tent ONLY for winter snow conditions. I have a cuben tarp that works perfectly for me in 3 season conditions and ev...

In GEAR » MLD DuoMid vs. Scarp 1 for snow? Need feedback, please.
September 21, 4:30pm

Re: Timeless
One thing I have always wondered about is how many Trailwise packs and Svea 123s were purchased because Colin Fletcher used them. What I did like about his book was what he liked, why he liked i...

In Gear Lists » 8 pound base weight
September 21, 1:59pm

Re: MLD DuoMid vs. Scarp 1 volume
Henry, Thank you for the input. Of course you have no vested interest in this discussion :) I do not want to debate MLD versus TarpTent as companies. I have several MLD pieces of equipment an...

In GEAR » MLD DuoMid vs. Scarp 1 for snow? Need feedback, please.
September 21, 1:53pm

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