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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 URLhttp://www.popupbackpacker.com
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Trekking Poles - Part 2
Well, I decided to get the LightTrek 4 poles. So far, very happy. On the flats I carry them in one hand about 50% of the time, the rest of the time I 'trek' with them. No noticeable flex...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles - Do I need them? (sorry long thread)
March 02, 5:32pm

Esbit vs Alcohol
On a long trip where you need to re-supply, Smalltown USA is probably might not have any fuel you need except alcohol.

In GEAR » Esbit vs. Alcohol Stove???
February 27, 6:34pm

Re: Looking for another 'freestanding' option
If you are camping on rocks... you can't use a tent. A tent requires stakes and stakes need to be placed in specific areas based on the shape of the tent. A free standing tent needs stakes to r...

In GEAR » Looking for another 'freestanding' option
February 27, 4:03pm

Dondo, I agree!! I have been on trips where unseasonably cold conditions rolled in. Oh, I stayed warm, but it can get boring when all you do is hike all day, immediately get in your bag, and the...

In Philosophy & Technique » less clothes, more sleeping bag
February 27, 2:35pm

Re: Re: How do you justify it? Whats in your survival kit?
Me thinks too many people are watching "Man vs Wild" :) I had extensive survival training when I was in the military, and can take care of myself with very little. Learning how to do t...

In GEAR » How do you justify it?
February 27, 2:31pm

Yeah, I saw that coming
I did check the site and there were a few things I could use, mostly consumables. Saved about $70. Plus no tax and no shipping. Already got the email confirmation, so I am good to go.

In Gear Deals » 40% off at Backcountry...
February 27, 2:17pm

different clothes for different situations
There are situations where it makes sense to bring insulated clothing. For example, when shoeshowing and moving at a reasonable pace, then you can go with just a base and and maybe a shell. But let...

In Philosophy & Technique » less clothes, more sleeping bag
February 27, 2:13pm

re: CLO2
Yes, sometimes we over react to health warnings. I have been using iodine tablets for years... but not everyday, inspite of the warnings many people have given me :) I do think JimQ does make a ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Chlorine Dioxide water purification and children
February 27, 1:58pm

Flyweight Rucksack
On sale at backcountry.com if you use the code that is posted on another thread. You can get it for $35.37 with the 40% discount.

In GEAR » 12oz 1950 ci tnf
February 27, 12:40pm

Re: Looking for another 'freestanding' option
Brett, Your post is confusing to me. I have never used a Contrail, but it appears to be an excellent piece of engineering. What situations is this not the shelter for you? Tarps are versatile...

In GEAR » Looking for another 'freestanding' option
February 27, 10:06am

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