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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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@ Cesar
Cesar, I appreciate the dialogue! You are correct that the DOI says nothing about public education or welfare; they are not basic human rights. The "creator question" is an excellen...

In Chaff » Buying Chinese Goods
March 05, 2:44pm

Re: Great discourse here
Sorry Eric, but... Even the great socialist FDR was against collection bargaining by government employees, as was George Meany. Federal workers are prohibited from collective bargaining. Today t...

In GEAR » Who Else Has Ordered NB Minimus Trails?
March 05, 1:31pm

Re: Ground sheet with a bivy?
Adding a ground sheet to a bivy is somewhat redundant. But, do you plan on inserting the pad inside the bivy or outside? Outside, then you may want to protect the pad from pucntures with a ground s...

In GEAR » Ground sheet with a bivy?
March 05, 1:08pm

Re: FS - REI Mistral Pants (Mens Medium)
Andy, I already have two pair, but just wanted to point out that these are my favorite cold weather hiking pants, and they are made out of Schoeller Dnamic fabric. Breath well and can handle a l...

In Gear Swap » FS - REI Mistral Pants (Mens Medium)
March 04, 8:25pm

Re: perimeter netting vs bug bivy
Mike, I have a Wild Oasis (don't use it much any more) and it has perimeter netting. Not a true pyramid, but the netting allows you to set it up further off the ground in not so bad weather,...

In GEAR » perimeter netting vs bug bivy
March 04, 8:18pm

Re: 2011 SUL Gear List
Jay, Overall it looks like a great list. I am inclined towards Eugene's suggestions, but for me those are personal preferences and if the the little extra weight makes your trips more enjoya...

In Gear Lists » 2011 SUL Gear List
March 04, 8:00pm

Re: Jefferson
Jeremy, Do you mean libertarianism as a philosophy, or the politics of the Libertarian Party? Big difference and I am neither. Thomas Jefferson was not infallible. He even owned slaves. Jeffe...

In Chaff » Buying Chinese Goods
March 04, 7:41pm

Re: Roads
Rod, Thanks for the compliments. Many of the first roads used by automobiles in my country were private roads, and users paid a toll to use them (also bridges, ferries, etc.). The problem tod...

In Chaff » Buying Chinese Goods
March 04, 6:50pm

Re: Personal Responsibility and the shifting of blame
Ben, The problem with public education is determining what will be taught. Sex Education or Physics? John Grisham or Victor Hugo? Maya Angelou or Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? Karl Marx or Ludwig ...

In Chaff » Buying Chinese Goods
March 04, 5:43pm

@ Roger
No it is not cynicism, but The Great Conversation :) Fortunately, I received a 'Classical Education' as a youth. It was not provided by the educational system, I had to gain it by my own...

In Chaff » Buying Chinese Goods
March 04, 5:16pm

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