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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: Re: Re: nick
John, Thanks for the information. I could not find the Glad bags, and no time to order via the Web. I like the ability to stand them up. The bags I bought are the Zip Lock Zip n Steam bags. T...

In GEAR » Caldera Keg-F/H
May 27, 2:53pm

Re: Backpacking life after children
Having kids is a big responsibility, and is more important than your recreational activities. But you can do both. I began small BPing trips with the kids when they were around 5. My daught...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking life after children
May 27, 2:38pm

Re: nick
issac, I have the Fosters. The caddy weighs 3.0 oz. and I do not use it. I pack everything in a cuben sack that fits snug. Got the sack from zPacks. So the can, cone, stove, cozy, and empty fuel...

In GEAR » Caldera Keg-F/H
May 27, 1:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Liner: trash compactor bag vs. official liner
I have bought liners from both GG and MLD. I think they cost around $10 for 4 of them. Their quoted prices are for 2. Yes, it is more than other sources, and I would not make a single item order...

In Philosophy & Technique » Liner: trash compactor bag vs. official liner
May 27, 9:40am

Re: 10 lbs and bear cannisters
"All I really know is that I'm enjoying the trails a heck of a lot more than when I carried 45-50 lb packs." And that is all that matters. 11, 10, 5, 4 lbs it really isn't that...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Made it!
May 26, 10:20pm

Re: Liner: trash compactor bag vs. official liner
"Is there any benefits to buying a BPL of gossamer liner over just using a trash compactor bag like Skurka does?" Sure, you can support a huge comglomorate like Hefty, or help BPL, GG,...

In Philosophy & Technique » Liner: trash compactor bag vs. official liner
May 26, 10:17pm

Re: Best cooking system
John B summed it up pretty well. I dislike wood because of the black that gets pots and the stove so dirty. I have alcohol, cannister, and white gas stoves (actually too many of them). I mostly use...

In GEAR » Best cooking system
May 26, 10:10pm

Re: hygiene
Just Dr. Bronners to wash my hands, maybe my feet if they get really dirty and could lead to blisters. If there is a lake or river, and it is not too cold, I may go for a swim. My wife hates it, an...

In GEAR » hygiene
May 26, 9:58pm

Re: Caldera Keg-F/H
Easily. I have only done actual tests at about 400 feet altitude. 7.5 minutes to a rolling boil with water temperature at 70F to start, with no lid on the K. The highest I have used it is around 10...

In GEAR » Caldera Keg-F/H
May 26, 9:43pm

Re: Skiing the John Muir Trail
What a great report. Although the disappointment in not finishing, resounds in your written voice, I detect a lot of satisfaction and joy in a successful adventure. Sometimes, it is best to bai...

In Editor's Roundtable » Skiing the John Muir Trail
May 26, 2:57pm

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