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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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Keys View
Dan, View from Joshua Tree National Park near Keys View. It is a southwesterly view, and does not show Mt San Jacinto, which would be just to the right edge of the picture. You are looking towar...

In Photo Gallery » Can you guess?
February 26, 1:05am

Re: Trail Read
I have brought something to read so many times over the years, but seems I never get to it. I always get distracted by side canyons, butterflies, anthills, the moon, Saturn, Jupiter and the like. P...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Eleventh Essential: Literary Companionship on the Trail?
February 25, 9:01pm

Arc Specialist
John, That is precisely why I bought the quilt. I saw the Specialist at 16 oz and thought... hmmm, that is pretty light. So if I like sleeping in a quilt, then I will get a Nanatak, and re-sell ...

In Gear Swap » FS - Bunch of UL Stuff
February 25, 8:45pm

Yes you do...
Joe, ... need another pack. I am fortunate because I work from home, and my wife has a day job. So she doesn't see all the toys rolling in :) The really expensive stuff is my stamp col...

In Gear Lists » Gear List Advice
February 25, 2:23pm

Thanks, John
John, Quilt got here today. Wow, 2 days from NH to CA. Looks like it is in great shape, as you posted. Thank you. - Nick

In Gear Swap » FS - Bunch of UL Stuff
February 25, 2:18pm

Re: Re: Gear List Advice
I have a lot of experience with packs (have/do own many), but my only experience with UL is the ULA Conduit. People here are very brand loyal, so keep that in mind. I did a lot of research, a...

In Gear Lists » Gear List Advice
February 25, 11:18am

Re: Knee wrap
Mike, Even at my advancing age, I don't have the need for this, so I guess I am lucky :) The real answer would be, what is cause the hurt, and then find the proper solution. A couple m...

In GEAR » Knee wrap
February 25, 10:57am

Re: Gear List Advice
Mark, Over the past 6 months or so, I moved by base weight from 20lbs to well below 10lbs. I suggest you start by buying two books. "Trail Life" by Ray Jardine, and "Lightweight&q...

In Gear Lists » Gear List Advice
February 25, 10:40am

Re: Re: Re: My gear list
Justin, You probably don't want the REI bivy, as it is waterproof/breathable... which means it is waterproof and does not breath. With high dew points or sub freezing weather, it will get yo...

In Gear Lists » My gear list
February 24, 12:54am

Re: external
Rob, I do a lot of hot weather hiking. Here is a list of the packs I own and how I use them: Gregory Whitney 95 - long winter trips with lots of snow when I need to carry tent, warm gear, sno...

In GEAR » backpack, external or internal frame?
February 23, 11:32am

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