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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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My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: A case for smartphones on the trail - New version of the iPhone.
I have used smartphones for years, but never on a hike. Just a philosophical thing. But I can see their usefulness on a long thru hike. Brian Lewis has a real nice blog that he updated during hi...

In Multiple Use Gear » A case for smartphones on the trail.
June 10, 3:08pm

Re: YEP! Whisperlite Int'nat'l.
Eric, I also have both MSR stoves, but it is rare for me to use either anymore. But even when they sit around for a long time, they still work. Supposedly the Dragonfly will even burn jet fu...

In GEAR » Stove jargon doing my head in, please help!
June 10, 2:48pm

Re: Neither...
Eric, I have the REI Sahara pants and shirts. Both great products. I do prefer the Rail Riders, but they are not as 'feature rich' and I think the RRs do better in hotter weather. How...

In GEAR » RailRiders vs ExOfficio
June 10, 2:38pm

Re: Murmur
The Murmur is my favorite pack, by far. I even use it when my ULA Conduit will carry a bunch of water easier. This pack is just so convenient for me to live out of. I don't understand the comme...

In GEAR » gg murmur dislikes
June 10, 1:23pm

Re: Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
In my opinion - which usually tends to tick people off: Yes, I say turn most of the parks into wilderness. Yosemite is no longer a "timeless area of beauty" and I do not need to escape...

In Chaff » Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
June 10, 10:34am

Re: Re: Re: Where can I get Ziploc in long lengths?
Roger, Seems to me that long pieces of plastic zippers would have a lot of fiddle factor, and might me troublesome in cold weather? How about some well placed pieces of velcro?

In Make Your Own Gear » Wherecan I get Ziploc in long lengths?
June 10, 9:43am

Re: Gatewood Cape ??'s
Condensation is not necessarily a design flaw, but the nature of single wall tents. Temperature, dew point, and how the shelter is set-up play a part. The most important factor is how it is set up,...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape ??'s
June 10, 9:40am

Re: Gatewood Cape: Ripoff of the Century
Gosh Ian, that is quite a rant. I am not a tent person. Prefer tarps only when necessary. I bought a Wild Oasis last year, almost identical to the Gatewood. Set it up once in my back yard. T...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape ??'s
June 09, 8:23pm

Re: Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
Yes Tom, It is the decline of western civilization at an exponential rate.

In Chaff » Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
June 09, 7:51pm

Re: Thorofare Shirt as JMT sun shirt?
I wore mine a few times when temps were under 70F and it was fine. Then I did a trip in late February where the temps hit around 85F at mid day. I had been hiking leisurely for about 2 hours, carry...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thorofare Shirt as JMT sun shirt?
June 09, 2:08pm

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