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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: Technology
Yep, we are into the latest BPing technolgoy as it relates to Light. No GPS that I know of weighs less than my compass and topo map(s). The rest is additonal weight I do not need to carry. Le...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PLB's, SPOTS vs. Cutting the Cord
November 30, 1:12am

Re: PLB's, SPOTS vs. Cutting the Cord
Been following this thread for a while with interest. I have been hiking solo for several decades without any of these devices. They weren't available when my kids were small. The family wa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PLB's, SPOTS vs. Cutting the Cord
November 27, 11:17pm

Re: Drought in the Superstitions- Help
"I hate catclaw." Me too. Any the side pocket of my GG Murmur hates it even more!! But I hate jumping Cholla even more. It was bad enough when I used leather boots, but with trail r...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Drought in the Superstitions- Help!
November 27, 10:37pm

Travis, If water is normally available, and the location is a critical refill point, then you MUST verify from a reliable source that in fact water is currently available. No verification then n...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Drought in the Superstitions- Help!
November 23, 9:34pm

Re: Beak In
It is just like any sport. If you are always training, then you are ready to go. I do a lot of day hikes with my wife, and 2-3 day solo BPing trips are most often what I do. And since I am therefor...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Typical Trip Length?
November 23, 8:20pm

Re: tarp help
Good insight from Ryan. However a 9' X 7' tarp is going to provide a lot more coverage than the Poncho/Tarp the OP is considering. With a Poncho/Tarp, a bivy makes sense in some situations,...

In GEAR » Tarp and bivy like milk and cookies?
November 11, 12:49am

Re: Glad you like...
"I've discovered that it's somewhat liberating to say that I'm doing this expedition because, in essence, I can and want to." Well said, young man!!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka's "big" Alaska trek
November 10, 7:12pm

Re: Emergency blanket as tarp?
Several decades ago, I used this type of an emergency shelter. Main issue is securing guylines without tearing the material. I used Visclamps for this. These are rubber balls that are inserted into...

In GEAR » Emergency blanket as tarp?
September 21, 11:33am

Re: sand shoes
If there is any place to go barefooted, it is on the beach. Simple solution and no gear to buy.

In GEAR » what to look for in a shoe
September 21, 10:52am

Re: Need info: Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Mead
Jay, JT can be crowded in November. The south part of the park is furthest from LA, and the least used. If car camping, stay at the Cottonwood campground. Mostly snowbirds who go to sleep at 8:0...

In Post-Trip Reports » Need info: Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Mead
September 21, 10:49am

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