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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: Tablets vs drops
Benjamin convinced me to switch.

In GEAR » Aquamira Tablets or drops?
March 27, 3:47pm

Re: bivy
To be the value of a zip is porportional to how many times during the night you need to get out. If no bag zip, then it probably doesn't matter.

In GEAR » Which bivy to get?
March 27, 3:45pm

Re: Re Which bivy to get?
I just looked at his review, he likes it. Cons were price and weight. Price I justify for quality. However at 18 oz, I wouldn't consider it for a 3 season solution. In winter, it sounds like an...

In GEAR » Which bivy to get?
March 27, 2:17pm

Re: Re Which bivy to get?
Mike, I have not used a bivy with some of the newer materials like e-Vent, so your experience could very well invalidate my statement. Does the e-Vent do a good job over an extended period with ...

In GEAR » Which bivy to get?
March 27, 11:55am

Re: Which bivy to get?
Ryan, Not saying that I am an expert, but... The key to a bivy is breathable and water resistant, not water proof. Resistant takes care of elements the tarp misses. Truly breathable keeps the...

In GEAR » Which bivy to get?
March 27, 10:43am

Re: barefoot
Actually this is the best way to walk. Unfortunately it is not really acheivable for most of us. If you want to hike barefoot, you have to walk barefoot all the time. When I was a kid in the 50...

In Philosophy & Technique » Learning to Walk
March 26, 6:53pm

Re: re: Bivy with Cape
John, Another thing we often forget is that in most cases a ground sheet is not needed with a bivy. The lightest sheet is around 2 oz for a GG polycro and Tyvek can weigh anywhere from 3 - 5 ...

In Gear Lists » My 3 Season New England List
March 26, 12:41pm

Re: snakes and rocks
Joe, I think the problem is reverse for many of us. We start looking ahead most of the time, and forget to look down when we should. I guess it is just a habit. If you are looking down too often...

In Chaff » When/How did you stop looking down?
March 26, 12:29pm

Re: Lighweight case for glasses?
Jim, I took a different route. When hiking, I just need glasses to read. So I bought a cheap pair of dime store reading glasses, the lightest I could find. I just keep them in a light sack, and ...

In GEAR » Lighweight case for glasses?
March 26, 12:24pm

Re: re: List/ TiGoat Bivy
John, I have a Wild Oasis tent, which sets up just like the Gatewood. If you pitch it close to the ground, you are going to get a lot of condensation with a high dew point. And it you move aroun...

In Gear Lists » My 3 Season New England List
March 26, 9:54am

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