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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 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: Best Gear Ever
> For the people who listed vibram fivefingers... how do you deal with trails that have been trod by horses? I found that the dust would go right through the mesh. Within minutes they felt like ...

In GEAR » You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
August 25, 1:54pm

With Noel and Mark on the 5 fingers. Good option for one shoe does everything. But they are not for every trail or route. I use my lightweight hiking shoes as camp shoes. They are comfortable an...

In GEAR » Camp shoes - slip-on, substantial, light
August 25, 1:41pm

Re: PonchoTarp Guylines
> Ridgelines should be 10 to 12 feet. > Corner and center guy lines should be 2 to 3 feet. Agree with Jay on this, although my guylines are a little shorter. Most people struggle becaus...

In GEAR » Ponchotarp guylines
August 25, 1:37pm

Re: forced out of ul
... and this is why I have been backpacking solo (with a couple exceptions) for 40 years. :)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » forced out of ul
July 28, 10:28pm

Re: Day Pack Recommendations
No hip pockets, but I am using a GG Murmur for just about everything (if I can get all my gear in it on longer trips). 7.5 oz and under $100.

In GEAR » Day Pack Recommendations
July 28, 10:25pm

Re: Im Soooooo Stifffffff amd Achy :(
BP more often and make your body get used to it. After years of air mattresses, I have gone back to foam. It is getting easier each trip. I am now down to a trimmed GG 3/8" foam pad cut down t...

In GEAR » Im Soooooo Stifffffff amd Achy :(
July 23, 6:05pm

Re: Hot Trip to Trinity Alps
James, See my post in your Too Hot to Hike thread. If it were me... Poncho/Tarp. Main use would be shade during a mid day rest. If it only tops at 95F, I would skip the rest. But chances a...

In Gear Lists » Hot Trip to Trinity Alps
July 23, 1:21pm

Re: Too Hot to Hike
I live and hike in Palm Springs, and am familiar with all the areas in the link James posted. There are no water sources in those areas. Too hot depends on your acclimization. I can hike in thes...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Too hot to hike?
July 23, 12:52pm

Re: ankle injuries
>> physical fitness is hard to factor out- of course athletes in peak training suffer alot of injuries- there risk exposure is much hgher. Fitness probably reduces the RATE of injury-- howeve...

In GEAR » Research on foot/ankle injuries vs footwear choice
July 16, 10:35pm

Re: WTB Mariposa plus or Conduit
Chris, Sorta different packs. The ULA Ohm is closer in size to the Mariposa Plus and both have frames. The Conduit is a little smaller in volume and has no frame.

In Gear Swap » WTB Mariposa plus or Conduit
July 16, 2:10pm

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