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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: "Elite Runners Wear Shoes"
I thought it was an interesting article, and I don't support either camp 100%. Sort of like the posts we see here on BPL, "What is the best ________ ?" There is no best. Some thing...

In Other Activities » "Elite Runners Wear Shoes"
May 06, 11:31pm

"Elite Runners Wear Shoes"
Interesting article.

In Other Activities » "Elite Runners Wear Shoes"
May 05, 9:16pm

Re: The NPS, backcountry permits, and "excessively dangerous hikes"
I think a lot of rangers are just trying to help people. They cannot really judge how experienced the hiker is. And if they discourage you, and you are not sure of your skill, you might take their ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The NPS, backcountry permits, and "excessively dangerous hikes"
April 29, 1:18am

Re: Hot weather(70-100F) shirt
Depends on whether you need protection from UL (sun burns), or just keep cool. I usually wear a Rail Riders Eco-Speed-T shirt. I have a dark complexion and rarely need to worry about sun burns, but...

In GEAR » Hot weather(70-100F) shirt
April 29, 1:01am

Re: Hot Weather Socks
I wouldn't have gotten the GTX Boots, unless there is a reason besides hiking. I live in the desert where temps often go above 120F. When I used to wear leather boots, a silk liner sock unde...

In GEAR » Hot Weather Socks
April 27, 12:04am

Re: GG Thinlight pads
I cut down a 3/8" GG pad to torso size and it weighs 2.6 oz. My GG NightLight torso pad weighs 3.5 oz and is much more comfortable. Biggest trick is not to sleep in "well worn" c...

In GEAR » GG Thinlight pads
April 26, 11:54pm

Re: Squeeze Tubes
The Coghlans Plastic Squeeze Food Tubes weight 2 oz. They are convenient and I often bring two. One for peanut butter and one for honey. Easy to pack. Some of the peanut butter brands are now packa...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Carrying Peanut Butter
April 26, 11:37pm

Re: Salomon shoes
Salomon trail runners fit me absolutely perfect......... But they don't fit everyone perfect. Only buy them if you have a thorough fitting session first. This is true for any make of sh...

In GEAR » trailrunners, boots
April 22, 10:39pm

Re: Gortex gloves suggestions
How about glove liners, and MLD eVent mittens? Provides versatility in your gear closet.

In GEAR » Gortex gloves suggestions
April 21, 6:05pm

Re: New Company Manufacturing Down Quilts, Down Balaclavas and Ultralight Bivys
Aaron, Very professional from the website design, content and products. Please post when your quilts are available. Any other gear you are considering?

In Gear Deals » New Company Manufacturing Down Quilts, Down Balaclavas and Ultralight Biyvs
April 21, 5:56pm

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