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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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Some thoughts... My son who is a post collegiate distance runner never uses a GPS. There are certain routes that he does know the mileage. Keep in mind his races are 1500m - 10K. But the princip...

In GEAR » BPL for Trail Running?
January 19, 1:46pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Putting the Kettle on
"Easy, if the claim is about something which can't be verified or falsified until long after the scientists making it have drawn their pensions, don't trust it. Or them." Roger...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
January 19, 9:42am

Re: need a frame
IMO, you are not going to find a 2.5 lb pack able to haul 40 lbs comfortably. You are entering the realm of McHale, Mystery Ranch, etc. Obviously my choice is McHale. To me the most important piece...

In GEAR » Best UL Hauler Under 2.5 pounds and $200
January 19, 9:14am

Re: Cost
Damien, I think this is partially correct. As you move towards boots, then probably not true. A Limmer boot is expensive because it is custom built with superior materials and workmanship. Limme...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vibram FiveFingers KSO Treks Review
January 19, 9:07am

Re: Here are some of the things I’m trying to figure out.
Ah... where to find this information? I am not into long distance trail running, but you may want to check out some Adventure Racing Websites, you may find some ideas there. The best AND the ...

In GEAR » BPL for Trail Running?
January 18, 2:08pm

Re: SoCal Winter Epic,1.9.11
> I wonder what would have happened if you had tripped and sprained an ankle? glissade back?

In Post-Trip Reports » SoCal Winter Epic,1.9.11
January 17, 5:48pm

Re: Photoshop
>> Edit: OK... maybe not 4 years, but it isn't quick. Maybe your first statement is more correct? :) Is there a human being who can competently use EVERY feature of PhotoShop?

In Photography » New to digital...A few questions.
January 17, 3:30pm

Re: Why a calculator?
I don't think he advocated taking a calculator on a trip. For some people a scale is one of their most valuable pieces of gear. On the same theme, I still use my 40+ year old slide rule. Nev...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
January 17, 3:28pm

Re: Collapsible Water Bottle Battle!
Soft bottles can be used as pillows (2 one-liter or 1 two-liter). Soft bottles will fall out of the side pockets of some packs. Soft bottles take up less room when less than full than a bott...

In GEAR » Collapsible Water Bottle Battle!
January 17, 3:24pm

Re: Hats
There sure is a lot of very positive feedback on this thread. Good job everyone! As most of you know, I live in the lower desert and wear my Tilley LT4 everywhere. However this winter I have bee...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2011 Gear List: Feedback VERY Welcomed!
January 17, 3:14pm

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