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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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Re: Selling out
Pretty tough to be profitable in the cottage industry. I suspect that most cottage owners are making a living, not a profit. So if GoLite went 'main stream' to become more profitable, o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What happened to Golite?
December 16, 5:25pm

Re: Ultralight Phone Choice
Pretty much if you want reliable phone coverage, you need a sattelite phone. And they cost a lot more than your typical cell phone. Also to save battery life, take the battery out of the phone,...

In GEAR » Phone Choice
December 13, 10:00pm

Re: Professional Backpacking...
Professional Backpacker? Doubt there have ever been more than a handful who have ever been truly financial independent from this. Colin Fletcher is the only one I can name, and I haven't re...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Professional Backpacking.....
December 13, 9:55pm

Re: Montbell Ex Light ? 900 fill down
Joe, I have the Montbell Ex Light size L and it weighs 6.1 oz. Without any scientific test it seems just as warm as my Patagonia Down Sweater which weighs 11.7 ozs. The Montbell shell seems ...

In GEAR » Light weight down jackets, how warm are they?
December 12, 1:50pm

Re: How to determine if a pass is passable
Roger said it best, you might just have to go look at it and have a back up plan. Usually I am pretty good at figuring it out from studying a topo map. Had an iritating experience last year thou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to determine if a pass is passable
December 12, 1:37pm

Re: Re: Are Nunataks good or just lack of competition?
Yes. And better yet, they are often custom made. I called not knowing what would be best. Tom asked a lot of questions, then offered a solution, explaining why he thought it was the best option....

In GEAR » Are Nunataks good or just lack of competition?
December 11, 3:28pm

Re: trying to understand backpacking light
Perhaps a read of Ryan Jordan's "Lightweight Backpacking and Camping" or Ray Jardine's "Trail Life" (among others) would be a good read for the original poster.

In Gear Lists » trying to understand backpacking light
December 11, 3:16pm

re: fish "hunting"
Most areas forbid this. And more and more land managers are limiting the methods allowed using conventional fishing tackle.

In Philosophy & Technique » UL with a gun?
December 11, 3:13pm

Re Survey
BPL has a wide mission statement. And Backpacking has a pretty precise definition for each of us; from our own perspective. So there is usually going to be a diverse opinion from each person. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
December 11, 3:09pm

Re: Winos of the world, your help is needed!
> What's the deal with the Platypus wine bladders? They are colored so you don't boil your Sauvignon blanc and pour it into your Mountain House Mac & Cheese.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Winos of the world, your help is needed!
December 09, 11:09pm

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