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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: Mt100s
My thoughts... Vibram Five Fingers are heavier than other options, extremely hot, and leave your little toe open to potential injury on roots, rocks, etc. Also, they can beat up the bottom of yo...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
June 01, 11:14am

Re: Tarp without bivy?
I use a "Two Person" tarp. No bivy needed. Only a head net for really bad bugs, but bugs really don't bother me, and I rarely bring one.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tarp without bivy?
June 01, 10:02am

Re: How do you define ultralight?
Being able to hike for 12 or more hours with the ability to easily cover 20 miles on most terrain. And at the end of the day having no shoulder/neck pain from the pack, no sore hips, the ability to...

In GEAR » How do you define ultralight?
June 01, 9:53am

Re: Zion National Park - Mid May
Great report Steve!! When hiking in the desert, my water weight is often more than 50% than everything else I carry.

In Post-Trip Reports » Zion National Park - Mid May
June 01, 9:47am

Re: Best Practices: Saving Time in the Morning
Tony, Craig Wisner and I did a 3 day, 2 night trip this past weekend. Although we did not discuss methods, and had never met before, we both operated in a similar method. Total time from wake up...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best Practices: Saving Time in the Morning
June 01, 9:43am

Re: Leaving our political views at the door ; ; ;
Okay, I will leave my philosophical view at the door :) But what really irritates me are low flying fighter jets our of China Lake NS, or whever they take off from, in the Sierra canyons at high...

In Chaff » Silence
May 28, 1:35pm

@ Eugene
The sack is close to 7" tall and 3.5" in diameter. I don't know how Joe measures them. I bought a selection of sacks from him. On some of my trips, using a few cuben sacks protects my...

In GEAR » Caldera Keg-F/H
May 28, 9:36am

Re: Silence
The noise of civilization is the engine that drives the production of diving masks, snorkels, fins, UL backpacking equipment, lightweight foods, the computers we are using to post, the power to run...

In Chaff » Silence
May 28, 8:58am

Re: Eastern Sierra car camping - my rant
Greyson, Don't take this personally, as it is not directed to you. I see many people asking for information on a good place to hike. I have never asked anyone. I look at maps, and figure ...

In Other Activities » Eastern Sierra car camping
May 27, 7:01pm

Re: Eastern Sierra car camping
Not UL is okay, IMO. We all have several outdoor passions, outside of strict backpacking. Yes, many free places to camp in USFS lands. Each district has different regulations. Sometimes campi...

In Other Activities » Eastern Sierra car camping
May 27, 4:56pm

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