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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: essence
Sid, We shall see. The earlier version of the Essence was a lot heavier... I think something like 11oz. And if I remember correctly, the Maromott Website does not have the Essence weight posted,...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Marmot Essence
February 01, 6:14pm

Re: Found size Medium
Sid, I am 5'11" and around 150+ lbs. In most shirts jackets a medium fits perfect, but I always prefer a large. Wearing my Large Montbell Ex UL Down Jacket, the large Essesnce fits just...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Marmot Essence
February 01, 5:11pm

Re: My 2c
Over the years I have gone back and forth between and Poncho/Tarp and a 8' X 10' tarp. Currently I am back in the tarp camp, using a GG SpinnTwinn. With a rain jacket and the large tarp, yo...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 01, 2:33pm

Re: Feet protection
Pieter, Yes, I hike a lot in the Lower Colorado desert, Joshua Tree, and Mohave Preserve. The only problem plant I have is with Jumping Chollas. Watch out for those suckers!! If I am hiking i...

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
February 01, 1:48am

I wear a 11.5 Soloman. My Shays are 12. I usually wear a silk liner or thin nylon sock. Occassionally a thin wool blend or a pair of Wright socks.

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
February 01, 1:38am

The Coming American -- by Sam Walter Foss
Bring me men to match my mountains; Bring me men to match my plains, -- Men with empires in their purpose, And new eras in their brains. Bring me men to match my praries, M...

In Chaff » Mary Oliver
February 01, 12:54am

Pied Beauty -- by Gerard Manley Hopkins
GLORY be to God for dappled things, For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow, For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls, finches' wings; Landsc...

In Chaff » Mary Oliver
February 01, 12:49am

The Men That Don't Fit In -- by Robert W. Service
There's a race of men that don't fit in, A race that can't stay still; So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will. They range the field and th...

In Chaff » Mary Oliver
February 01, 12:47am

Re: Mileage
Somewhere I have a little map measurer that is desgined to roll across a map. Of course you need a 7.5 quad to even be close to accurate. If you are interested, I can dig it out and take a picture ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you calculate mileage?
February 01, 12:24am

Re: GG Murmur question
John, The SitLight and NightLight fit perfectly at 19" x 10". The mesh extends about 6" at the top and bottom. So you can also fold some of the air mattresses in 3rds. Can't s...

In GEAR » GG Murmur question
January 30, 10:08pm

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