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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: Blood Pressure
Tom, I am not a doctor and have no training at all regarding nutrition and exercise. But common sense prevails most of the time anyway. The good news is that a doctor will probably tell you t...

In Other Activities » Blood Pressure
September 14, 11:36am

Re: Plus one on nick's comments
Thomas, "Truth is, I find that my Vibram kso treks fulfill all the criteria mentioned." I have a pair of KSO and really like them too. I mostly run in them, and even on gravel roads...

In GEAR » Maximized walking/hikinbg shoe design
September 13, 8:19pm

Re: Re: Re: Comfort and Fit
Travis, I am thinking about getting rid of everything except the Murmur. Depending upon how things go with the LBP, that could possibly go too. Often trips with my Murmur are around 4lbs base we...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1B: Theory and Technology
September 13, 8:06pm

Re: Comfort and Fit
Most of us hike "light." But not always. I hike mostly in deserts. Sure base weight is usually well under 7 lbs, and often under 5 lbs. But water often moves total pack weight to well ove...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1B: Theory and Technology
September 13, 1:30am

Re: Maximized walking/hiking shoe design
I am probably not going to win any friends with my comments, but here goes... Over the past few years I have been doing a lot of experimenting with footwear. You name it, I have probably tried i...

In GEAR » Maximized walking/hikinbg shoe design
September 13, 12:56am

Re: "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
Sam, "I have been practicing UL backpacking techniques for about five years now"..."has worked smashingly." Great list overall and it works for you. Sometimes it is best t...

In Gear Lists » "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
September 12, 11:56pm

Re: REI Flash 18
+1 on the Flash 18. Great for carrying water and some other small items to include rain gear. No waist belt needed.

In GEAR » Daypacks for tall individuals
September 12, 11:11pm

Re: Need Help with My big 4!!
My thoughts... Bag is fine. Neo Air is fine. You can save a few ounces, but will you be comfortable? Tent is a little heavy, but to save a lot weight here, you will need to move to somethi...

In Gear Lists » Need Help with My big 4!!
September 10, 8:16pm

Re: New Tim Marshall Epiphany Under Quilt

In Gear Swap » New Tim Marshall Epiphany Under Quilt
September 10, 12:55am

Re: I don't like hiking.
I started backpacking to get to the better fishing spots. Soon I stopped taking the fishing gear because I liked the hiking better, and the fishing just became a distraction to the hike.

In Chaff » I don't like hiking.
September 10, 12:51am

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