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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: Re: ressurection
Angela, When I was young, I chucked everything and went hiking for two years. I gave up a lot future-wise to do this. I won't go into the details, but I was on track to probably become a fig...

In Philosophy & Technique » How does one become a thru-hiker?
March 26, 1:12pm

Re: Caldera
To me the biggest advantage to the cone is using your stove in windy conditions. Last year I took my Snow Peak Giga stove and a kep cone set-up to do some comparison testing... just for my own know...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone System
March 26, 1:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Vibram Five Fingers Reach FAD Status
Craig, Actually you will feel more "barefoot" running or hiking with the 5 fingers. You can really feel the peebles and small rocks, although there is enough protection on the soles, s...

In GEAR » Vibram Five Fingers??
March 26, 12:50pm

Re: re: Having the time to backpack
James, Good plan. That is the point, you need a plan. One good thing about going back to school after many years of life experiences, is that school is much easier. At least it was in my case. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Having the time to backpack
March 26, 12:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Help me pare down my gear for a speed hike
Nate, On easy terrain, I probably average around 3 mph or less. But I can pick it up. It is just a matter of getting into a candence. Of course the better shape you are in, the easier it is.

In Gear Lists » Help me pare down my gear for a speed hike
March 25, 6:41pm

Re: your climb
Well actually the opposite... Dropped out of college to go backpacking. After hiking around the Sierras for a couple years, decided to become a mechanic, as they made more money than entry level...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Having the time to backpack
March 25, 3:38pm

Re: Lightweight folding backpack?
How about the North Face Flyweight Rucksack. I now use it as a suitcase, and dump my clothes in the hotel dresser, when I go hiking while on business trips. It can be found for under $50. 32L, weig...

In GEAR » Lightweight folding backpack?
March 25, 3:24pm

Re: Help me pare down my gear for a speed hike
I just quickly scanned through the posts, as speed hiking is not something I am really interested in. That being said, it sounds like you might be over thinking this. If I go with the assumption yo...

In Gear Lists » Help me pare down my gear for a speed hike
March 25, 3:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Busting the Crust.
"If I can, I brush my tracks where they leave a route, just to keep others from getting misled." And don't forget to knock down ducks :) If one looks fresh, I do leave it alone.

In Philosophy & Technique » Busting the Crust.
March 25, 2:48pm

Re: Hard hikes.
Well Jack, Most of my hikes start out as easy ones. But then I see something of interest and am continually taking side trips, which often turn into "hard hikes." That is the fun.

In Philosophy & Technique » Hard hikes.
March 25, 2:44pm

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