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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: packweight should vary depending on the goals of the trip
X - Some excellent comments. I guess each hike is different. If you need to carry a lot of water, lets say 4 liters, then you are already > 9lbs of water only. If you are hiking steep rough t...

In Editor's Roundtable » ZPacks Blast 18 Backpack Review
June 02, 2:47am

Re: Summer sleeping... the options?
Joe, When it gets down towards 50, I wear my Montbell Ext Light Down Jacket (6.1 oz). Closer to 60, it becomes my pillow. I do sleep in my hiking clothes. Prior to the UL60, I was using a Mar...

In GEAR » Summer sleeping... the options?
June 02, 2:10am

Re: Best flashlight
I have to go with the Photon II. It is the same weight as that spare AAA battery you folks are carrying. On a long trip I might carry a spare Photon II. I like these things so much, I gave away abo...

In GEAR » Best flashlight
June 02, 1:51am

Re:TRT in July
Aaron, I had put bubble wrap in the shoulder straps, but the night before, took them out and put a sock in each one. Fold each sock and fill the top half of each strap. The socks do catch on the...

In Gear Lists » TRT Gear List 09
June 02, 1:15am

Re: Thanks!
Ouch! That hurts!!

In Post-Trip Reports » PCT Section B Hike
June 01, 7:08pm

Re: Tilley LTM6
I am due for a haircut, and need to cram two fingers too. But I just did a three day hike and wore it for at least 12 hours a day, and forgot it was there, unless the wind picked up. I wear it ...

In GEAR » Simms Solar Sombrero?
June 01, 6:27pm

Re: TRT in July
>> Im still up in the air between the Mumur and the Conduit. I have both and around 15lbs it is a toss up. I just did 60 miles with the Murmur, and it handled 17lbs just fine. I was carryi...

In Gear Lists » TRT Gear List 09
June 01, 6:19pm

Re: PCT Section B Hike Planning and Questions
Nate, Water Capacity - You should be able to go easily with 4 liters per day for drinking in the hotter sections. Bring more for cooking. Cook meals near water sources, then fill water bottles a...

In Post-Trip Reports » PCT Section B Hike
June 01, 6:10pm

Re: Advice on 7 day trip in the western US
How about a section of the High Sierra Route?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Advice on 7 day trip in the western US
June 01, 5:27pm

Re: Foam pads or not
I put one sock in each shoulder strap on my Murmur, and it is plenty comfortable. I have carried up to 17 lbs in it.

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Video Review
June 01, 3:44pm

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