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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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My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: WHY?
“For me, the begging question right now is reconciling whether or not lightweight backpacking has shaped who I am, or is simply a reflection of who I am or would like to be.” ---------------...

In Philosophy & Technique » WHY?
April 13, 10:14pm

Re: Thorofare pants and leaving little to the imagination
So where do these Thorofare clothes fit into our gear? They are not very breathable. They are not good as windpants. They are not rain gear. They don't insulate. They are not 'modest'.

In GEAR » Thorofare pants and leaving little to the imagination
April 13, 10:06pm

Re: Mt. Whitney
"my friends and myself are making a road trip from Texas to California to climb the Mountaineer's Route of Mt. Whitney." Whoa! Sounds like you need to take some climbing classes, a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mt. Whitney
April 11, 8:41am

Re: Re: What is most ultralight belt?
"I made a belt from a leftover toggle thingie and a thin piece of elastic cordage. I have to slip on my pants with the belt fastened, but I left a lot of extra cordage to allow for that. Not a...

In GEAR » What is most ultralight belt?
April 10, 12:05am

Re: Re: Packrafting Light?
"And two of the packrafting features trying to upsell while an actual backpacking related article about rain mitts sits humbly in the list" umm... Yes it is an additional income poten...

In Packrafting » Packrafting Light?
April 09, 5:43pm

Re: knife
Shane, Well, this is a "light" backpacking website, and the philosophy is to par ounces. I am not saying everything posted on BPL is gospel or that it works for every situation. Lik...

In Gear Lists » My 3-season gear list, advice on weight reduction.
April 09, 1:18pm

Re: flyweight rucksack Similar thread.

In GEAR » TNF Flyweight Rucksack
April 08, 9:15pm

Re: VBL microclimate
IMO, VBL is only good for condensation issues. And most people do not like them (I do). You would be better off to replace the 4.5oz with more down. Also, have you considered a quilt? Nunatak...

In Gear Lists » Modified 3 season Gear List
April 08, 11:55am

Re: Other observations from personal use
Agree with Andy on the seam sealing. Also I don't like to wear merino wool inside them, as the mitts are "slippery." I normally use a Burton Outlast Soft-shell Glove Liner.

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Rain Mitt Review
April 08, 11:45am

Re: Synthetic Sleeping Bag
Synthetics have never worked out for me. But if I was in the market for one, I would look at the BPL quilts with some insulating clothes.

In GEAR » Help with a synthetic sleeping bag selection
April 08, 11:34am

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