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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: Wind pants
Bob, Consider RailRiders eco-mesh pants. Unzip the sides for ventilation. I use these on most rips. Or you might consider convertable pants. I live in shorts, but most over night trips I wear...

In GEAR » Can you help me find wind pants?
March 24, 9:24pm

Re: Help me pick a pack for my lady.
My wife doesn't backpack, so maybe my insight isn't that good. But we do a lot of long day hikes between 10 - 18 miles. I would guess that sometimes her pack weight (w/o the pack) is someti...

In GEAR » Help me pick a pack for my lady.
March 24, 5:29pm

Re: Do I really need a pack cover?
Good comments Mary. Another thing to consider is that most covers do not protect the back side of the pack, and in a deluge water finds it way to run down the back of the pack.

In GEAR » Do I really need a pack cover?
March 24, 5:06pm

Re: Can you help me find wind pants?
I have both a Montbell wind jacket and wind pants. They are LIGHT. Fair job of breathability. To be honest, I don't think any material is breathable enough when doing strenuous hiking. My qu...

In GEAR » Can you help me find wind pants?
March 24, 5:04pm

Re: Marmot Mica - How Breathable Is It?
Ben, I have two Marmot jackets; an Oracle and an Essence. They both have under arm vents, the Oracle has huge zip pits, and the the Essence vents with a flap. The Oracle is hotter than the Essen...

In GEAR » Marmot Mica - How Breathable Is It?
March 24, 4:57pm

Re: Re: Bodie
And don't hike up the road during tourist season, the dust is unbelievable!!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Bodie 800+ft sierra ghost town
March 24, 1:34pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: : Re: Intensity vs duration
Most elite distance runners spend months working on their base or low intensity workouts. Once the base goals are acheived, then they gradually move to high intensity, interval type of training, in...

In Philosophy & Technique » High Speed Backpacking - why
March 24, 1:53am

Re: Re: Re: Pack cover
"Check Nick and Benjamin's locale ;)" Excellent point. Obviously I normally do not encounter the rain as folks to in other places like the PNW. But over the decades have been in my...

In GEAR » Do I really need a pack cover?
March 24, 1:34am

Re: Thanks Chris
For reference, I live in a desert and it is not unusual for us to see temperatures over 120F in the summer (although we are not backpacking when it is that hot). The suspended mesh panel packs a...

In Gear Lists » Updated Gear List
March 24, 1:25am

Re: photos of your packed tent / tarp ?
Okay, Omar, you asked and included tarps in your query. I just got this yesterday, a BPL Nano tarp. Haven't had a chance to play with it yet. But it was on the desk, so I moved some stuff ar...

In GEAR » photos of your packed tent / tarp ?
March 23, 7:08pm

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