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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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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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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

Re: Re: Groupthink at camp MYOG..
Perhaps the OP does have one really good point. Instead of evolution of gear, where is the "improbable" or "impossible" gear? The model T is not a lot different than the Taurus,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Groupthink at camp MYOG..
January 18, 2:30pm

Re: Re: External Pad Pocket versus Sweat
Here is a technique that may help. If you are carrying a light enough load, you can peridically just let the pack hang on one shoulder, just like purse. It allows you back to ventilate. With my Mur...

In GEAR » External Pad Pocket versus Sweat
January 18, 2:21pm

Re: External Pad Pocket versus Sweat
If you have a foam pad or against your back, or the pack material with an internal pad sleeve against your back, you are going to sweat. You just need to get used to it. Now if you want something l...

In GEAR » External Pad Pocket versus Sweat
January 17, 4:43pm

Re: Solo shelter options
Aaron, Some food for thought... First of all, there are some really light weight sectional poles you can use in lieu of trekking poles. Check of GG, MLD, TarpTent, etc. I have a Wild Oasis...

In GEAR » Solo shelter options
January 15, 1:17am

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