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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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My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Friggin' Great.
So what do you want to be when you grow up? :) Let's see... if the kids went with you, they were wearing wrist protection right? When Joyce and I rollerblade, we wear those awful wrist prote...

In Chaff » Friggin' Great.
June 22, 11:25pm

Re: Re: Re: FS: Kooka Bay 72x20x2.5" mummy air mat
Bender looks like you are out of stock of everything. Time to quit surfer BPL and get back to work :)

In Gear Swap » FS: Kooka Bay 72x20x2.5" mummy air mat
June 22, 10:27pm

Re: New Pack
I have always been perplexed why the Gorilla sells so well. The Mapriposa Plus has more capacity by 13L, weighs less, and has a msx load rating of 30lbs versus 35lbs. I have never seen a Gorilla, b...

In Gear Lists » Need to Lighten Up/Choosing Pack
June 22, 3:27pm

Re: Don't get me wrong
Tarps are not for everyone!! However, my "double size" BPL Nano at 5 oz, is much, much less weight than any tarp tent. I would not recommend anyone use a tarp like this above tree...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tarps Above Timberline
June 22, 3:15pm

Re: Tarps above Timberline
Tarps are going to give you more pitching options, and you can sleep in places where a tent is not going to fit. As Dave mentioned, site selection is critical. Also, if you use a tarp often, then p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tarps Above Timberline
June 22, 11:34am

Re: Lightweight pants & shirt to keep the sun off. What's everyone wearing?
My preference is Rail Rider eco mesh pants and shirts. Fairly frill free, except for the side zippers on the outside of the pant legs, but you will appreciate the cooling properties of the mesh in ...

In GEAR » Lightweight pants & shirt to keep the sun off. What are the options?
June 22, 11:22am

Re: tarp poles in wind
With most tarps and tarp tents, there is enough tension to keep the poles in place if it is properly pitched. The only concern is if you hit the pole with enough force to move it. With a plain tarp...

In GEAR » tarp poles in wind
June 22, 11:18am

Re: Backpack - G4? Jam? Pinnacle?
"Although I know Daniel can cover more miles in a day and by doing that we would drastically reduce our need for food, I would like to stick with his plan." Excellent! It is his hike, ...

In Gear Lists » JMT Hike by Boy Scout
June 22, 12:36am

Re: 10 days on the CT, no resupply.
Rich, I am about your size and can easily eat a 2 person MH meal. Even on the first night, if I hike hard. Instant oatmeal doesn't take up much space, and 2 packets (what I eat for breakf...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 10 days on the CT, no resupply.
June 21, 7:39pm

Re: Re: What kind of UL backpack can fit a Bearikade Expedition?
For trul UL packs, you need to go with the cottage manufacturers. The exception is GoLite, which I have seen at REI. Can't speak for any of the models. Some Websites you might want to check out...

In Gear Lists » JMT Hike by Boy Scout
June 21, 1:52pm

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