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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
StateCA
CountryUSA
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: Single Wall Pyramid- Rain Entry
Jim, One of the drawbacks or the pryamids is the need to put the single pole in the middle of your sleeping area. Have you considered something of an offset, which might make it easier to design...

In GEAR » Single Wall Pyramid- peak vent or not?
March 03, 10:46pm

vent
Jim, Years ago I had a Chouinard Pyramid, which I could pitch off the ground. I got rid of it because of the condensation. In the winter inside, I often would have a sheet of ice along all the s...

In GEAR » Single Wall Pyramid- peak vent or not?
March 03, 6:26pm

Re: Ideas on tackling moisture in bivys
Adrian, Do you have the Momentum or eVent top? With eVent you are probably going to have to do something for extended trips at the temps you are talking about. With Momentun, maybe or maybe n...

In GEAR » Ideas on tackling moisture in bivys
March 03, 1:51am

Nike?
I have a Nike Triax watch my kids got me a couple years for Christmas. I don't take it hiking, because the alarm is too loud and I can't figure out how to turn it off (: It is just a bas...

In GEAR » What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking?
March 02, 6:00pm

Beards?
No problem, and it does not require shaving equipment in the pack. The only problem I have with one is that my boss hates it. And I do have to trim it when meeting with clients. :)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hair today....
March 02, 5:47pm

Objectivity?
John, I guess he can rate it if he wants. But as a consumer, I am skeptical. Bottom line, as end users, we have to think for ourselves.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » How is THIS Allowed
March 02, 5:45pm

Trekking Poles - Part 2
Well, I decided to get the LightTrek 4 poles. So far, very happy. On the flats I carry them in one hand about 50% of the time, the rest of the time I 'trek' with them. No noticeable flex...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles - Do I need them? (sorry long thread)
March 02, 5:32pm

Esbit vs Alcohol
On a long trip where you need to re-supply, Smalltown USA is probably might not have any fuel you need except alcohol.

In GEAR » Esbit vs. Alcohol Stove???
February 27, 6:34pm

Re: Looking for another 'freestanding' option
If you are camping on rocks... you can't use a tent. A tent requires stakes and stakes need to be placed in specific areas based on the shape of the tent. A free standing tent needs stakes to r...

In GEAR » Looking for another 'freestanding' option
February 27, 4:03pm

Agree
Dondo, I agree!! I have been on trips where unseasonably cold conditions rolled in. Oh, I stayed warm, but it can get boring when all you do is hike all day, immediately get in your bag, and the...

In Philosophy & Technique » less clothes, more sleeping bag
February 27, 2:35pm

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