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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 URL
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: 3-season GEAR LIST (assistance)
Mike, I respect your knowledge and skills. Really enjoy reading your posts, especially critiquing gear lists. Okay, in good natured fun (no need to explain why your gear is better suited to c...

In Gear Lists » 3-season GEAR LIST (assistance)
April 08, 1:56am

Re: Efficiency with water tablets
Thanks, Nate, now I have something to fret about :) I never even tried to tear them open. I just slit them with a razor, or if I am carry my Vic Classic, use the knife blade or the scissors. Usu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Efficiency with water tablets
April 08, 1:02am

Re: Re: /:
Since I am a big GG fan, I get quite a few PM's about their products. Several people have gotten feedback on questions sent to GG, and then want to run ideas by me. It sounds like GG is respond...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where is everyone at Gossamer Gear?
April 07, 5:42pm

Re: Which Pack?(Gossamer, MLD, MLA)
Ryan, This step requires you to take some time and do a lot of research. Read threads, read BPL articles, etc. People here tend to be brand loyal (not a bad thing). But it would be difficult ...

In GEAR » Which Pack?(Gossamer, MLD, MLA)
April 07, 12:20pm

Re: UL philosophy
We carry it if you don't need it? I first ran across Ray Jardine's Website a few years ago, when a friend of my wife recommended I check it out. At first thought, I thought the guy was o...

In Philosophy & Technique » A little UL Philosophy Help Please
April 06, 9:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Tarp stuffing at bottom of pack?
I normally keep my tarp at the bottom of my pack, because I usually don't need it. Why touch any gear you do not need? If it looks like rain, then it goes higher up in the pack. Stuff I ...

April 06, 1:19pm

Re: Re: "NB MT100"
>> They're holding up fine, I'd say only halfway used. Still plenty of tread, no tears. I expect to go 500 miles in them. The "conventional wisdom" in runing shoes is tha...

In GEAR » NB MT100
April 06, 11:55am

Re: Where does one find...?
If you look for a great woman (and visa versa for others), you cannot find one. But when you are not looking, they enter your life. And you do not necessarily need a person to share all your pas...

In Philosophy & Technique » Where does one find...?
April 06, 11:49am

Re: Barefoot
Actually, I think is on to the answer... just run barefoot. The Vibrams do one thing, get you close without conditioning the bottoms of your feet. Other than that, I cannot see anything else they p...

In Philosophy & Technique » Minimal hiking shoes
April 05, 7:24pm

Re: So a larger tarp
Yes, a larger tarp!! No bivy needed in California. The AT is a different story. I have a SpinnTwinn and it is wonderful, but pricey. And now I have a BPL Nano, but have not used it. Again pricey...

In GEAR » tarp info
April 05, 12:22am

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