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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 URL
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: gross
Many, if not most, water agencies bill in units of 100 cubic feet of water. So if your bill is 10 units, you used 1,000 cubic feet of water. One cubic foot of water = 7.48 gallons. 1,00...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
April 05, 8:30pm

Re: Re: explosions.
And Happy Easter to you and your family. Since there won't be any updates on the Trailstar, I might as well update everyone on other stuff. My wife made me come home for Easter dinner. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
April 05, 6:10pm

Re: Re: SD Tensegrity...
" 'And why are so many of us so vitriolic' i think it is really just healthy skepticism. Many posts come across as curt. Such is the inter webs. And let's face it SD has had many a...

In GEAR » Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite
April 05, 5:27pm

Re: Solo.
Ryan started his piece with this: I have a lesser need to “feel” like I “need” to hike solo today than yesterday because the depth of my experience as a solo traveler will be known only ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Solo.
April 05, 5:18pm

Re: Re: Learn to Packraft! update?
Ken, Your head is going to explode. There will be no follow-up, updates, or the next installment of anything here. Deal with it ;)

In Editor's Roundtable » Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics
April 05, 4:54pm

Re: Re: zpacks poncho
Most of my foam pads are water proof, so a groundsheet isn't needed. However, in the desert I usually bring a polycro sheet to keep sand out of my stuff.

In GEAR » ZPacks groundsheet/poncho performance
April 05, 4:50pm

Re: Re:A different perspective
"“Nick, I noticed that on your AT section hike you used your iPhone as a GPS.” Randy, I also used it a few other times too. It was my first real smart phone purchased in 2011. I took...

In Editor's Roundtable » Iridium GO! First Look
April 05, 4:45pm

Re: Trekking poles/blisters
Jenn, As you know, blisters are caused by friction. Given that you don't use your poles a lot, that is probably the problem. There are two strategies you can employ: 1. Toughen your ha...

In GEAR » Trekking poles/blisters
April 05, 4:29pm

Re: blogs
"May I ask which blogs you are using for light weight backpacking." There is a list on my website: The majority are UK blogs.

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
April 05, 4:21pm

Re: Want stove that can boil H2O in a wide-mouth stainless steel bottle
Roleigh, The boss said I had to be home for Easter dinner, so I spent some time out in the garage taking some pictures for you. First, the picture of the bottle you posted looks like it is ta...

In Multiple Use Gear » Want stove that can boil H2O in a wide-mouth stainless steel bottle
April 05, 4:14pm

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