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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: ULA Contact
Normally, Brian and Casey are prompt at getting back. But they must be really busy. I am waiting for a reply on an email too. If it was critical, I would call. Here is the problem we face with t...

In GEAR » ULA Contact
March 25, 1:07pm

Re: Getting my gear ready for 2009
I leave the phone in the center console. I have to call my wife when I return to the trailhead... just an agreement we have; otherwise I would leave it at home. I have insurance on the phone, so no...

In Gear Lists » Getting my gear ready for 2009
March 25, 11:53am

Re: video
Dan, I applaud your survival skills and encouraging others to hone theirs. As to magnesium bars, they require practice like any other tool. A tablespoon is a lot, much more than I would norm...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ultimate Survival Sparkie
March 25, 10:42am

Re: Re: re: My 3-season gear list, advice on weight reduction
Sid, You asked for input on the Conduit vs the Exodus. It is a toss up, as the Conduit has more capacity. If you really want something lighter, the GG Murmur at 36L weighs 7.5 oz and will probab...

In Gear Lists » My 3-season gear list, advice on weight reduction.
March 25, 8:37am

Re: video
IMO, way too small and needs good motor skills. If you are cold, going to be tough to get a fire started. The Sparkie is a mechanical device subject to failure. Hard to beat a 1.5 oz magnesiu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ultimate Survival Sparkie
March 25, 12:58am

Re: Nunatak USA
Last week I called and Tom answered the call on the first ring.

In GEAR » Nunatak USA
March 24, 11:58am

Buy the poles
I would buy the poles from Ron @ MLD. Very light and compact. To me, on of the best reasons for using a tarp is the utility of setting up a campsite almost anywhere. Using the bike could keep yo...

In GEAR » Tarp pitching on cycling trips
March 24, 12:59am

Re: Quilt
I am a side sleeper, and a little restless. I just ordered an Arc Specialist from Nunatak. I am 5'11" and 150lbs. Tom said the girth would be fine, but suggested that I go with a bigger fo...

In GEAR » Will a quilt work for restless side/stomach sleepers?
March 23, 12:24pm

Favorite Solo Shelter
Poncho/Tarp and Bivy hands down. My next favorite would be the MLD Wild Oasis. But... 95% of the time, I just sleep under the stars.

In GEAR » Your Favorite 3-Season Solo Tarp Tent, Double Wall Tent or Tarp + Bivvy?
March 23, 3:24am

For Desert Fans

In Photo Gallery » UL Flora
March 23, 3:13am

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