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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: Re: Re: Re: Re: Will umbrella reduce water need?
I think an umbrella with reflective material may do more than we think. The extra shade will do a lot. In the heat of the summer, the difference between direct sun and shade is significant, especia...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desert hiking
June 15, 4:08pm

Re: "Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL"
Given the medium ( I think it is a fairly good article. Given the perspective of most here on BPL, yes it does miss the mark for most of us. But I have bought some light stuff from REI such...

In GEAR » Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL
June 15, 4:00pm

Re: 24 hour trip out of Santa Barabara, CA
Scott, I am not super familiar with the area, but the Los Padres forest is less than an hour away. I have done some hiking the the area. It gets hot in the summer, and water can be an issue. I a...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 24 hour trip out of Santa Barabara, CA
June 15, 2:39pm

Re: This thread is more for people with NON-minimalist packs...
Aha! Actually, you make a good point about cutting stuff off. I accidently cut a strap off my ULA Conduit too short a year or two ago. Had to send it to ULA, who were great about installing a new o...

In GEAR » CHALLENGE: How many ounces can you cut from your pack?
June 15, 1:23pm

Re: lightest ankle gaiters.. from oven bags?
What purpose to you want the gaiters to accomplish? Keep crud out of your shoes, or water? For crud, try Dirty Girl Gaiters. For water, the ID eVents work. I have both, and they work. However...

In GEAR » lightest ankle gaiters.. from oven bags?
June 15, 1:18pm

Re: I don't think anyone said "essential"
I am not completely a trekking pole advocate, but there are times when they truly help. Of course the better one's physical fitness, the less poles are needed. And for those with old injuries o...

In GEAR » Trekking Pole Science
June 15, 1:08pm

Re: groundsheet/pack liner/poncho
I have been rained on and snowed on in both July and August in the Sierras. Not typical, but it happens. Rain is usually just an afternoon shower, but it can and has been worse. I use all kinds ...

In Multiple Use Gear » groundsheet/pack liner/poncho
June 15, 12:26pm

Re: CHALLENGE: How many ounces can you cut from your pack?
It really depends on the pack. Some packs come without all the extra frills, and there is little to remove except some extra lengths of straps. But kudos to you for getting rid of that much!

In GEAR » CHALLENGE: How many ounces can you cut from your pack?
June 15, 10:02am

Re: Re: Is it Good Enough?
Zack, It is all good enough if it works for you. What pack to buy is dependent upon all your gear. As we par our gear, the volume and features of a pack's requirements decrease also. This...

In GEAR » 6 pounds for base pack - OK?
June 15, 10:00am

Re: Daypack Suggestions Wanted
That Osprey Talon 22 weighs almost 2 lbs. More than my go-to packs for multi-day trips. For day hikes, I usually use a REI Flash 18 (10 oz & $30) or a TNF Flyweight Rucksack (12 oz &...

In GEAR » Daypack Suggestions Wanted
June 15, 4:32am

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