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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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My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: What really makes you fat?
Ben, I agree and disagree with you. I think there are enough resources on the subject, that it is not necessary for a BPL article. Also on the tasks at home. Most of your solutions will add t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!
January 22, 6:23pm

Re: BPL Absaroka Pack
Although this pack is probably not for me, I do see one major problem with it... I cannot remember the name, nor can I pronounce it. Even after Ryan's phonetic spelling of the name. Rec...

In GEAR » BPL Absaroka Pack
January 21, 5:59pm

Re: Re: pot size
Roger, You romantic soul. Little bit over evegreen for ambiance; and cheese and crakers? No wonder your wife always goes with you. :)

In GEAR » What size of cooking pot do you use?
January 21, 5:28pm

Re: Re: 61g Japanese Pull Saw @ Harbor Freight
Hmmm.... I have never needed a saw when backpacking. And if using a Bushbuddy, don't they just need twigs, not pieces of wood that would need to be sawed?

In GEAR » 61g Japanese Pull Saw @ Harbor Freight
January 21, 12:49am

Re: Re: Poncho
>>> I've never used a tarp in the rain. Does it really keep you dry? Most Poncho/tarps are going to be around 9' X 5' give or take. In wind driven rain/sleet it needs to be ...

In Winter Hiking » Silnylon Poncho tarp as winter precip protection
January 20, 10:42pm

Re: pro poncho
>> I say buy it anyway. :) Ditto. Great piece of gear.

In Winter Hiking » Silnylon Poncho tarp as winter precip protection
January 20, 9:56am

Re: Will work, but why?
A couple items to keep in mind. A poncho is going to extend down to your knees or further. It really gets in the way going up hills and plowing through snow. To make it easier to use in these si...

In Winter Hiking » Silnylon Poncho tarp as winter precip protection
January 20, 9:14am

Re: Essence
For Christmas my kids gave me a REI gift card. There really isn't anything I need from REI, but I found an Essesnce in the Outlet store on sale for $94. Size L in Bonfire/Alert (hey it isn'...

In GEAR » Current Favorite Very Lightweight Rain Jackets?
January 20, 12:53am

Re: Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country
Outstanding article and trip!! I really appreciate you sharing the methodology of planning an off trail trip. It is my favorite kind of planning and hiking. Again, great job gentlemen!

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country
January 19, 8:02pm

Re: Shoe/boot research
I might stir up some controversy over this, but what the heck... Are people with feet problems over weight? This could be a problem with some folks, but obviously not everyone. I have never had ...

In GEAR » Shoe/boot research
January 18, 2:40pm

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