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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: Caravans/Rv's as a Basecamp
Yes, very similar to Jayco, which is a popular brand in the U.S. too. If you are interested, I have a ton of pictures posted of our old Starcraft (which we gutted and rebuilt) and our present mo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Caravans/Rv's as a Basecamp
March 17, 12:09am

Re: Waterproofing trailrunners
Most trail runners are made of mesh upper bodies, so it is impossible to water proof them. And water proofing will (in most cases) make your feet a sweating mess, as they cannot breath. In most con...

In GEAR » Waterproofing trailrunners
March 17, 12:02am

Re: Caravans/Rv's as a Basecamp
We have been doing it for years. We go almost every weekend. My wife is not going to sleep outside on the ground, so usually we do an all day hike on Saturdays, usually 10 - 18 miles. Then a half d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Caravans/Rv's as a Basecamp
March 16, 11:49pm

Re: Making the right decisions
Joseph, You hit it on the nail. I love my job. I usually work in an office in my home. Often I can work 18 hours a day and forget to eat. I hike and backpack, not to get away from anything. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Having the time to backpack
March 16, 10:55pm

Re: Great!
It is a running store. But running a marathon is tougher than most trail running. They will fit you with about 3 pairs of shoes of different brands. Then they will have you run and make a recomm...

In GEAR » Getting fitted for trail runners
March 16, 10:49pm

Snails Pace in Fountain Valley
This is the place to get fitted and buy.

In GEAR » Getting fitted for trail runners
March 16, 10:32pm

Re: Trail Building
That looks like a road to me, not a trail.

In Photo Gallery » Trail Building
March 15, 11:46pm

I am going to mail permit requests this coming weekend (State & Federal required). Dates are Sat - Mon (May 29-31). 3 people are in. Craig W, myself and a local here in Palm Springs. Let ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » So Cal BPLers - Skyline-PCT-Jo Pond Trip in May
March 15, 8:58pm

I'll give you some
Evan, PM me. I'll give you 6. I can't mail them till Friday as I am traveling.

In Gear Swap » WTB
March 15, 7:52pm

Re: Sierra cups
Dale, I have a collection of theses, old and new. And carry one every once in a while for nostagia's sake. But I do find the tapered design of a wider top somewhat inefficient.

In GEAR » Sierra cups
March 14, 6:57pm

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