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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.
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Las Vegas Hikes (Logistics)
Steven, Red Rock canyon is beautiful and within driving distance of a couple million people... you know what that means :) 3rd week in May could bring temperatures well above 100. I haven&...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Las Vegas Hikes (Logistics)
February 11, 12:19am

Re: sleeping bags.
For under $200 you might look at the Marmot Atom. Rated at 40F and weighs around 20 oz. Wear insulated clothing if it gets colder.

In GEAR » sleeping bags.
February 10, 10:35pm

Re: Shirts
Evan, Actually your question about what shirt to take is complicated. I only want one shirt that will also function as a base layer when it is cold. I live in the desert and I have dark complexi...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 10, 10:30pm

Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps
I don't think I "pimp" brands. But it has been pointed out that I have a lot a Gossamer Gear stuff. Didn't start out that way, but I just keep replacing/adding stuff and it is gen...

In GEAR » Gear Brands and Their Pimps
February 10, 9:24pm

Re: Re: BPL Inflatable Sleep Pad - Anyone Use One?
I love mine. But keep in mind that I also can sleep on a torso length foam pad. I use the Torsolite if I am not in "ground sleeping shape."

In GEAR » BPL Inflatable Sleep Pad - Anyone Use One?
February 10, 6:16pm

Re: Re: Rail Riders
In the desert the Eco-mesh or adventure shirts are my first choice. But if I have a good tan and will not be in a lot of temps over 100F, I may opt for the RR's Eco-speed T. I also have a Madis...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 10, 6:14pm

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

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