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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
StateCA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.popupbackpacker.com
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Another sign of Big Horn Sheep
James, I do a lot of desert hiking and the sheep are elusive. I saw a total of 9 of them on this trip. I was jazzed!! Saw a lot of these coffee beans too :)

In Post-Trip Reports » 4 day loop at Lake Mead
January 07, 6:20pm

Re: River tracing and hot spring in Taiwan
Jang-Tian, Wow, that is some beautiful scenery. Looked like all had a wonderful time.

In Post-Trip Reports » River tracing and hot spring in Taiwan
January 07, 11:46am

Black Diamond Crampon Bag
I have been using this at 5.5 oz. But now you all have got me to thinking about this. I shall watch this thread with interest.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » lightweight crampon bag
January 07, 11:42am

Re: Re: Any more thoughts?
Well lets see... Seems like the average BPL here has several packs, sleep systems, tents, etc, etc. That would probably equate to a house with several TVs, Stereos, Refrigerators, etc... :)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A lightweight life.
January 06, 3:52pm

Re: Need Advice, Trip Report Gone Mad
Tony, First of all... with all that mileage, where did you find time for all the pictures :) Although the report is long, I didn't mind going through it all at once. I know how tedius it ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Need Advice, Trip Report Gone Mad
January 06, 3:46pm

Re: light pack/ heavy load/ backpain
Rick, Maybe posting your gear list will help. But it sounds like too much weight for the structure of the pack. Or maybe you strained your back doing something else? With lighter loads you ca...

In GEAR » light pack/ heavy load/ backpain
January 06, 9:34am

4 day loop at Lake Mead
Background Each year my wife and I camp at Lake Mead for two weeks. We spend Christmas and New Year’s day with her family. I usually make time for a backpacking trip also. I have noticed that ...

In Post-Trip Reports » 4 day loop at Lake Mead
January 05, 11:32pm

Re: SoCal Winter- plan for 0F blizzards and 85F at the beach
I agree with Jim. What do you want to do. Something different than your usual haunts?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » SoCal Winter
January 05, 5:51pm

Re: can t stay warm
It sure sounds like the pad is the place to start. I always sleep cold. Roger Caffin suggested that I look at heat loss through the head also. I bought a BPL Cocoon 60 baclava, and that has most...

In GEAR » can t stay warm
January 05, 5:49pm

Re: Your opinion on 3 different shelter options
Justin, Option 1: has no bivy, so you might want to use a Spinn Twinn for more coverage and venting. You're probably going to get a lot of condensation in the Spinn Shelter and have no bivy ...

In GEAR » Your opinion on 3 different shelter options
January 05, 4:54pm

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