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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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Re: Hearing the Voices of Experience
Well, I hope we are all out there like James!! We have to keep in mind that there is no right way, and there is nothing wrong at all with a few luxuries. There are some extemely experienced and ...

In GEAR » Evolution of UL Hiker
July 02, 2:45pm

Re: counting calories
> Maybe you've converged more on a standard menu than I have. I'm still experimenting with new foods, like ghee. Yeah, I'm not much of an experimenter. Drives my wife nuts. If she...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » JMT bear canister advice: pack low volume food!
July 02, 2:37pm

Re: calories
Calorie requirements vary by person and the type of hike (e.g. miles, elevation gain, etc.). I don't plan meals by calories at all. I know how much I need to eat, based on the types of food I t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » JMT bear canister advice: pack low volume food!
July 02, 8:28am

Re: First Look: Osprey Hornet 46
I think a lot of people do not know what is going on here. Osprey is working with BPL to test this new pack. They gave packs to 10 M-Life members for evaluation. No charge. However, you cannot sell...

In GEAR » First Look: Osprey Hornet 46
July 02, 4:58am

Re: Heineken Kegs...New shape?
Every man should have a RotoZip cut-off tool and/or a Dremel in his toolbox. Adjust it to a slow speed and secure the can. I haven't tried it one an aluminum can. But have cut up all kinds of m...

In Make Your Own Gear » Heineken Kegs...New shape?
July 02, 4:44am

Re: Evolution of UL Hiker
I guess I am odd person out. I am never going back to center. Exception is snow camping, when it comes to added weight. I live in the west, so camping maybe a little easier. I hike solo, so I don&#...

In GEAR » Evolution of UL Hiker
July 02, 4:31am

Re: Boiling Water w/ Caldera Cone Keg
Jeff, I just got one and have not field tested it. But under ideal conditions at home I was able to boil a full keg with one tablet.

In GEAR » Boiling Water w/ Caldera Cone Keg
July 01, 1:26pm

Re: Food
Daniel, Having less than 30lbs on your back most of the time is reasonable, and you are not doing super high mileage. We have all analyzed the weight of your heaviest items, which you really wan...

In Gear Lists » JMT Hike by Boy Scout
July 01, 1:22pm

Re: Deuter ACT Lite vs Waay lighter pack question
Walking is a store for an hour is a helpful indicator, but not comprehensive of how it will feel after several hours on the trail. First thought is do you need that much capacity? I would load a...

In GEAR » Deuter ACT Lite vs Waay ligher pack question
July 01, 1:11pm

Re: Ugly Feet!
Big thing is to make sure the toe box is large enough, especially on downhills. I recently did a hike and wore some wool socks that are a tiny bit thicker than normal, trying to compensate for an i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
July 01, 11:37am

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