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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: Vibram FiveFingers
Vibram has several styles. For trail running, the KSO works best. My size 43 weight 13.8 oz for the pair. With the KSO, Vibram recommends using the Injinti toe socks, but I find them not as comfort...

In GEAR » Vibram FiveFingers
June 03, 10:31am

Re: Thanks!
Nate, I was thinking about water again. You will be hiking in high desert, and day time highs are probably going to be around 70F - 80F next week. If it gets closer to 90F, you should probably h...

In Post-Trip Reports » PCT Section B Hike
June 03, 3:04am

Roger - Re: Summer sleeping... the options?
Roger, I really appreciate your input here. Yes I am probably not: - wearing warm enough head wear - definitely not eating enough When I think of the calories I should probably consume, ...

In GEAR » Summer sleeping... the options?
June 03, 2:16am

Re: TRT Gear List 09
Re: Roger Caffin’s statement that he never steps into the wilderness without a compass, neither do I since I have one of those small, spherical compasses on the lanyard I wear around my neck. Itâ...

In Gear Lists » TRT Gear List 09
June 03, 1:42am

Re: Bear Canister
> I find that putting the canister in the pack vertically on top of my sleeping bag, clothes and tarp works best. The Y strap is great but unless you have a lot of stuff in the Mariposa I find i...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Video Review
June 02, 11:13pm

Re: Re: Re: Summer sleeping... the options?
>> The transition in how warm/cold you sleep - could it be related to heat loss from your head? Do you wear any head covering? Roger, Yes I do. In warm weather I usually wear a OR PS50 ...

In GEAR » Summer sleeping... the options?
June 02, 11:02pm

Re: verber.

In GEAR » Best flashlight
June 02, 3:09am

Re: Water weight in perspective
Okay, you are hiking with a UL gear. No filter. But most use chemicals or tablets. You get to your water source just in time, and out of water. Oh, oh the instructions say to wait 4 hours before dr...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ray Jardine's Suggestions
June 02, 3:06am

Re: New Platy plusbottle
Hmm... I'll stick with the old style.

In GEAR » New Platy plusbottle
June 02, 2:53am

Re: Maps
I use Topo! and print my own maps. I print them on 'waterproof' paper if percipitation is in the forecast. This way I can cut and paste maps anyway I want (I often paste the map into a Word...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Beginner needs advice on solo PCT section hike
June 02, 2:52am

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