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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: Murmur Hipbelt
I removed the hip belt. With SUL weights, there isn't any need for it. I will probably get rid of the sternum strap too, no need for it. For really light loads (bw around 5lbs or less), this ba...

In GEAR » GG Murmur
May 07, 6:53pm

Re: How much hand Sanitizer must be carried?
"At some point before I die, I guess I should get concerned with all this. I can't believe I've made it 50 years without worrying. Kind of shocking that anyone survived the pre-sanitiz...

In GEAR » How much hand Sanitizer must be carried?
May 06, 1:37am

Re: "cleaning a sil tarp?"
Since this material is nylon that is 'impregnated' with silicone, is there any chance that cleaning methods would cause the silicon to separate from the weave?

In GEAR » cleaning a sil tarp?
May 01, 12:55pm

Poncho (with a cord belt in wind), and now cuben sacks for precious items inside pack.

In GEAR » poncho vs rainsuit and packcover
April 29, 9:51pm

Re: down bag
I like the Tim Allen comment, "But honey, I thought the reason we had kids was because they live longer than dogs." Whenever I repeat this, someone gets huffy. I have kids and a dog, a...

In GEAR » Dog puke in my new down bag
April 28, 11:55pm

Nick to Nick, et al
From the other Nick's posts, sounds like these are good parents and are doing their research. To be honest, what they do is none of our business. But if we have useful advice, based on experien...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thru-hiking with a 3 month old baby?
April 28, 10:04pm

Re: Easily Overheating - remedies?
Another desert hiker here. But no advice. Since this appears to have started since you changed medication, a trip to the doctor is in order. I am not a doctor fan (I see one every 10 years or so), ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Easily Overheating - remedies?
April 27, 12:43am

Re: Thru-hiking with a 3 month old baby?
I have raised two kids, who are now adults. We started tent and car camping at 6 months for each. Day hikes when they could walk (at 6 months they were to heavy to carrry). Would I do this tr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thru-hiking with a 3 month old baby?
April 27, 12:24am

Re: tilley hats
I use the Airflow model, which has mesh ventilation just below the crown. Does okay in light rain, but in heavy rain I would imagine water would get in through the mesh. When it rains hard, I strap...

In GEAR » tilley hats
April 24, 1:38am

Re: re: Nunatak Weights
John, Will do. Probably won't get it until the beginning of May. I do have a couple trips planned in May, so it will get some use.

In GEAR » Question About Nunatak Weights
April 22, 12:56am

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