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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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SW - bugs & crawlies are non-issue IMO
SW deserts... sleep under the stars. If it rains, then a tarp or poncho overhead.

In GEAR » bug and tarp solutions?
May 14, 12:56am

Yes, but
Poncho as a ground sheet is a multi-purpose item. The GoLite should be able to handle both. But to me, Poncho as rain gear AND a shelter makes more sense. Now you can use a GG polycro or Tyvek f...

In GEAR » Poncho as a groundsheet?
May 14, 12:35am

Lots of options
It depends on the time of year. But here are a few desitnations. - San Bernadino NF (San Gorgonio district) - San Bernadino NF (San Jacinto district) - San Jacinto State Wilderness - Joshua T...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Short Backpacks in So Cal.
May 14, 12:26am

Desert... complicated
Joe, Currently, this is how I generally handle it. Total base + water < 12 lbs = GG Murmur Total base + water < 20 lbs = ULA Conduit Total base + water < 30 lbs = ULA Ohm To...

In GEAR » Desert guys - pack choice?
May 14, 12:21am

Don't Worry, be Happy
Don't need to worry about snakes or animals. Do need to avoid tourists... so hike off the beaten path. Have fun.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Going to SW, Anything I Should Worry About?
May 13, 11:27pm

Re: Thanks!
"The next hurdle is this: believe it or not, in Florida there is a paucity of hiking/camping gear stores. No REI, no Eastern Mountain or Eragon, etc. So, if I want to try something out for fit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Lightweight Convert...
May 12, 11:27pm

Re: Re: Off-trail backpacking
"On a properly selected route, only bad luck will bring you in contact with other hikers, IMO." Which is why such routes should be kept to one's self. :)

In On the Web » Off-trail backpacking
May 12, 11:03pm

Re: 395 and Tioga Pass
It is not uncommon for Tioga Pass to become unpassable due to rock slides, and sometimes the road can be closed for a few days. For this trip, I would go via Fresno. But as a resident, I always...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Limited Time...Yosemite, Joshua Tree, or Both?
May 11, 1:13am

re: J-Tree or Yosemite
I agree with John somewhat. In June I would and head up to the San Jacintos or San Bernadinos. But I think the OP was most interested in hitting either due their unique and famous features... so...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Limited Time...Yosemite, Joshua Tree, or Both?
May 08, 11:28am

Re: yosemite versus joshua tree
Larry makes some good points. I live within an hour of the north and south entrances to JT, which was by design. I hate Yosemite, because of the people and vendors. Best thing for Yosemite woul...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Limited Time...Yosemite, Joshua Tree, or Both?
May 07, 7:03pm

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