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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
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Cuben Floors
"These holes often don't matter if you're camped on good terrain (ie. loamy forest floor that absorbs water)." I have posted too many times about my zPacks poncho/groundsheet. ...

In GEAR » Cuben Ground = Sieve
September 21, 8:32am

Wrong pole for the job
I have a zPacks pole for my Hexamid. After a few trips it felt too flimsy and I replaced it with a thicker one from Ruta Locura. The trailstar has way too much tension for either of these poles....

In GEAR » carbon fiber tarp pole breakage.
September 21, 8:00am

Silly thread
So we have riots in Missouri, wackos shooting kids in schools, escalated US presence in Iraq and Syria... And then this thread. It doesn't matter. It isn't important.

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 12, 12:29am

Trails are the Problem
We need to make it difficult to get into our wild places, and even more difficult to stay there. If people have to earn the right to go to wild places, they will learn to appreciate and live in the...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
September 11, 7:27pm

Re: First Backpacking Trip - Lessons Learned, Advice Welcome
Kate, First trip and solo too. Good for you. Enjoyed the commentary and the pictures. Most people don't eat a lot the first few days out on a trip as you learned. As far as the water treatme...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Backpacking Trip - Lessons Learned, Advice Welcome
September 11, 6:46pm

Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney
Great trip!! Don't worry about the weight comments. You can start paring it down trip, by trip. Better to hike often with a heavy pack than to hike infrequently with a light pack. Hope your ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Horseshoe to Whitney 2014
September 11, 6:42pm

Re: What ARE "summer nighttime temps" where you backpack?
A couple weeks ago it was 90F (32C). That was the low, not the high.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ARE "summer nighttime temps" where you backpack?
September 11, 6:31pm

Re: I picked the wrong hobby.
If one waits for the perfect weather, perfect season, perfect trail, perfect time, etc, etc. they will never do anything. Kids can limit some things, but doesn't require one to eliminate the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I picked the wrong hobby.
September 11, 6:27pm

Re: Traversing the Brooks Range – A Father-Son-Son Adventure
Epic. Awesome. You sons will remember this for the rest of their lives -- my hat goes off to you as a great father.

In Post-Trip Reports » Traversing the Brooks Range – A Father-Son-Son Adventure
September 11, 6:10pm

Re: Vocation vs Avocation
Nice post Paul. One thing you didn't talk about was -- would turning an avocation, such as backpacking, into a vocation take the luster off of it. Would backpacking become your job and someh...

In On the Web » Vocation vs Avocation
September 11, 6:07pm

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