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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: 1st time tarping
Looks like you got the tarp pretty taunt. Your side tie out lines are too long. Go for 18" - 24" inches in length. Will make a big difference in windy conditions.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1st time tarping
June 15, 4:06am

Re: Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL
Of course, REI wants articles that will spotlight their gear. I do see mention of soda can or esbit stoves.

In GEAR » Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL
June 15, 3:58am

Re: Re: Re: Will umbrella reduce water need?
hmmm... sounds like we need a double blind research project with an adequate sample size :)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desert hiking
June 14, 3:09pm

Re: Will umbrella reduce water need?
Yes, I think that an umbrella could be helpful. But deserts typically can be windy.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desert hiking
June 14, 1:41pm

Re: stoves?
Alcohol or Esbit are great for boiling water and instant type foods. Cannot simmer. Also, not good for melting snow (short burn times), and probably do not get as hot as a gas stove. I use a Calder...

In GEAR » stoves?
June 14, 12:43pm

Re: Desert hiking
I never cache water, because something could happen to it... like someone taking it. I don't want my life to depend of something that could be removed. I hike mostly in deserts. I live in th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desert hiking
June 13, 9:48pm

Re: GSMNP: Cosby Backpacking Trip
Enjoyed the report. To me the picture looks like a giant lizard or maybe an alligator.

In Post-Trip Reports » GSMNP: Cosby Backpacking Trip
June 11, 1:51pm

Re: Reflectix
Reflectix makes a special tape for their products. It is one sided. You should be able to get it at Lowes or Home Depot. 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive should work with Reflectix.

In Make Your Own Gear » Reflectix
June 10, 11:47pm

Re: Grand Canyon, Thunder River/Deer Creek Loop - Memorial Week 2010
Great TR and pictures. Obviously everyone had a lot of fun.

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon, Thunder River/Deer Creek Loop - Memorial Week 2010
June 09, 2:24pm

Re: Re: Keg capacity?
Yes, you can boil water almost to the top (at the top and it will boil over. You need to use a little more fuel in the stove, which seems to generate a little higher flame. I do this sometimes when...

In GEAR » Caldera Keg for 2 people?
June 08, 3:37pm

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