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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
My Website URL
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: outcast
Well, there are those who are consumed by UL, and constantly trying to convert the world, kinda like religion. People around me just know I backpack. They wouldn't know the difference betwee...

In Philosophy & Technique » Going solo? How has ultralight made you an outcast?
January 05, 12:19pm

Re: Nicknames
Mine BPL name is first intial, last name. Not very creative. Since my legal first name is Nick, I don't need a "nickname." :)

In Chaff » Nicknames
January 05, 12:08pm

Re: How's Boise?
Lee, Lots of hiking opportunities. I did some work at one of the car dealerships in the area a couple years ago, and did some day hikes. Can't give you a lot of particulars about the area, b...

In Post-Trip Reports » How's Boise?
January 05, 12:05pm

Re: Chafing
Usually not a problem I have, except in very hot conditions with a lot of sweating. For this situation I use the Ex Officio long briefs. I have never needed to use the 'glides' or other ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I avoid chafing?
January 05, 11:44am

Re: Protecting maps in the field
Unless I anticipate rain or snow, I just fold them up. I prefer USGS 7.5 Quad maps, if I don't need more than 2 of them. Otherwise, I use Topo! for California, and print the sections I need. I ...

In GEAR » Protecting maps in the field
January 05, 11:37am

Sarah said it best...
She said different stove for different conditions, etc. She also pointed out that technically alcohol stoves are illegal in some areas. As an example in the National Forest section of the San Jacin...

In GEAR » Who Uses Canister Stoves?
December 20, 9:51pm

Re: My wife is gonna be mad when the Visa bill comes...
Well, seeing how most of those purchases were for her and the kids, shouldn't be too much of a problem. Now what you should have done was just discuss the equipment... not the purchase. If you ...

In Chaff » My wife is gonna be mad when the Visa bill comes...
December 20, 5:07pm

Re: Re: Re: How to determine if a pass is passable
Roger, "I wonder ... was it (otherwise) a pretty good trip? (Betcha.)" Absolutely. Going back in two weeks.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to determine if a pass is passable
December 17, 4:24pm

Re: Re: re: contributing
"People who could give a d@mn about their health should have have to pay for it, not force me to." Right on Brian. I am not my brother's keeper and do not want to be forced to pay ...

In Chaff » Health Care
December 17, 9:07am

Re: Weight vs 'The Look'
"Form follows function." Since one of my main hiking goals is to avoid other people, it doesn't matter. Plus I wouldn't know what cool or geek looks like anyway.

In Philosophy & Technique » Weight vs 'The Look'
December 17, 9:00am

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