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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
My Website URLhttp://www.popupbackpacker.com
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: What about day hikes?
My current day pack is heavier than my normal pack(s). It is an REI Venturi 30 with a 3L hydration system. Very common for us to hike all day, and my wife and I have a favorite 16 mile loop on the ...

In GEAR » What about day hikes?
April 07, 7:52pm

Re: Ultralight fun in the Los Padres
Diane, You timed the wild flower bloom perfectly!! Golden Poppies... my favorite. Also with all the concern with using a tarp, looks like you got than down. Good to see you practicing several...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight fun in the Los Padres
April 07, 6:08pm

Re: I need a couple new pairs of Pants for this Spring & Summer...
For cooler days REI Mistral )Schoeller). Mountain Hardward Canyon pants.

In GEAR » I need a couple new pairs of Pants for this Spring & Summer...
April 07, 5:52pm

Re: Re: MLD TrailStar Shelter
I remember reading something about it last year, but I thought it was Cuben fabric.

In GEAR » MLD TrailStar Shelter
April 07, 12:53pm

MLD TrailStar Shelter
Now on the MLD Website. Pryamid with 5 panels. Weight = 15oz. 50 sq ft of floor space.

In GEAR » MLD TrailStar Shelter
April 07, 11:31am

Re: What about stoveless??
No stove ==> no hot coffee. Fergedit. ----------------------------------------------------------- Yep, there is a huge mental lift with a hot beverage and warm meal. 5 oz for a stove an...

In GEAR » Switching from Canister stove
April 07, 9:18am

Re: 6 oz/pole, $30 DIY poles
Nice, and the price is right!

In Make Your Own Gear » 6 oz/pole, $30 DIY poles
April 07, 9:11am

Re: Pitch
As Mark mentioned, you need to practice a few times. Same with a tarp. If you don't practice you are going to be very frustrated trying to set it up in the dark!!

In GEAR » How do you pitch your Gatewood Cape?
April 06, 10:01pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: SUL list
Matt, Nothing wrong with the GoLite Poncho/Tarp. I have one and a MLD Silnylon Pro. The Pro is a little lighter and a bit more coverage. But, $155 to save one ounce... Anyway, you asked for i...

In Gear Lists » First SUL list!
April 06, 9:58pm

Re: Re: Re: SUL list
Matt, Regarding the BPL Hoody. First of all they run BIG. I got a small and it fits perfectly... the only small size item I own. Regarding how hot it is. This is an unbelievable item... it i...

In Gear Lists » First SUL list!
April 06, 5:59pm

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