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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: NF Triumph anorak vs Marmot Essence vs Marmot Mica
No jacket is going to be truly breathable, waterproof, and windproof. I have a closet full of many brands to prove it :) The only thing I have not tried is eVent, and am not willing to buy anoth...

In GEAR » NF Triumph anorak vs Marmot Essence vs Marmot Mica
June 17, 12:04am

Re: Sleeping Pad Failure - poll
I need to qualify my answer. I hike a lot in deserts. And contrary to what many people think, finding a sandy spot to sleep is rare. Usually I have to contend with rocks, peebles, brush, etc. Not t...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad Failure - poll
June 16, 11:30pm

Re: Did backpacking transform you?
I grew up in the city (L.A. area). Started trout fishing at 15 or 16. A friend and I started backpacking in high school to get to the better streams. After a while, I started leaving the pole and m...

In Philosophy & Technique » Did backpacking transform you?
June 16, 11:10pm

Re: Some ideas
"This goes back to what I said earlier about them including food and water in their numbers. From what I've seen most traditional backpackers don't use anything resembling the term bas...

In GEAR » Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL
June 16, 9:37pm

Re: Re: Sleeping Pad Failure - poll
Craig, +1. The exception is my BPL TorsoLite. But is is not that much more comfortable than a GG NightLight. It is pretty thin, but a good product.

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad Failure - poll
June 16, 9:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Spinnshelter vs. Other Tarps
The SpinnShelter only weighs 8.8 oz. Added weight is for a net. Nets are a personal thing... bugs don't bother me. Even in the High Sierras, when people complain about mosquitos, I can get by w...

In GEAR » Want to get into tarping, need advice
June 16, 10:01am

Re: Okay for a start, but lacking...
For the "traditional" backpacker, it is a good start. For those seriously interested in lightening more, the can find this site on the Web. We all found it. An from here, research can exp...

In GEAR » Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL
June 16, 8:25am

Re: Want to get into tarping, need advice
I also have a SpinTwin. Great tarp, like everyone else stated. We don't get as much rain where I live, and don't use a bivy. The tarp can be used as a two person shelter, so there is enough...

In GEAR » Want to get into tarping, need advice
June 16, 8:19am

Re: Re: Questions for Steve and Lynn or others
Thanks, Steve. That helps a lot.

In GEAR » Bivy + Cuben Fiber/Down Quilt
June 15, 9:55pm

Re: Re: Questions for Steve and Lynn or others
Thanks, Lynn. Now I remember reading that thread. Answered most of my questions. Looks like I need this more than my wife needs the new dishwasher :)

In GEAR » Bivy + Cuben Fiber/Down Quilt
June 15, 6:02pm

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