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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: Trail runners or boots for the Sierras?
Trail runners. This is BPL, so I assume we are all carrying light loads. Exceptions are winter snow (some still use runners) or mountaineering. I don't buy that heavy boots or high ankle ...

In GEAR » Trail runners or boots for the Sierras?
February 10, 6:06pm

Evan, Jordan's book is more about general techniques. Jardine's is more directed at long thru hikes and how he evolved his gear. Plus Jardine is big on making your own gear and he sells ...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 10, 9:40am

Re: Funds Transfers
I understand Bob's request. But the majority of buyers/sellers prefer PayPal or other electronic methods. That is the market demand. I have a checking account, but no checks. Haven't wri...

In Gear Swap » Funds Transfers
February 09, 10:45pm

Evan, Lots of good questions. You are doing your research. You might find two books helpful Lightweight Backpacking and Camping, by Ryan Jordan Trail Life, by Ray Jardine Typically you st...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 09, 10:16pm

Re: Re: re: Joe Valesko of Zpack's new Joe Valesko of Zpack's newZPacks™ "Hexamid" Twin Tent or Tarp
Very nice!!

In GEAR » Joe Valesko of Zpack's new Joe Valesko of Zpack's newZPacks™ "Hexamid" Twin Tent or Tarp
February 05, 5:35pm

Re: Re: Re: pro/con
First of all THERE IS NO PERFECT system!! I look for the least weight to cover 99.9% of my needs. For me it is a tarp; and tarps are not for everyone. I can use a head net for flying bugs, which...

In GEAR » versatility in a shelter choice?
February 05, 5:26pm

Re: Re: Mike C, underwear, and socks
Nylon dress socks weigh 0.6 oz. And you can ditch the underwear to save weight. I do both often. But.... I am not ditching TP :)

In Gear Lists » some input on my current gear list please
February 04, 8:50pm

Re: DON'T Do This!
Well Ben... In retrospect, it was a bad idea!!

In GEAR » air travel with a backpacker stove
February 03, 7:38pm

Re: Running shoes bad for the joints?
Cameron, Some excellent points made in your last 3 posts in this thread. If you hike barefoot or in 5 fingers, you will place more weight and center of gravity on the ball of the foot, rather th...

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
February 03, 6:49pm

Re: Spinntwin
Jim, Thank you for the compliment!! Yes the material is noisy. Just picking it up you hear it crackle. But pitch it tight. It has never woken me up. Keep in mind that the SpinnTwinn has a cat...

In GEAR » GG The One - Photos?
February 03, 6:32pm

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