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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: Yikes !
Maybe you should just get a large silnylon tarp from Dave at Oware and practice the different pitches. You can get a 9' X 9' for $115 @ 16 ounces or a 10' X 10' for 18.5 ounces and ...

In GEAR » Lightweight shelter for two in desert
March 31, 8:18pm

Re: New Mexico
Check weather and snow conditions. Here was my solution for a similar trip, but in summer.

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Mexico
March 30, 11:23pm

Re: ZPacks groundsheet/poncho performance
Lots of experience here. Almost never use it as a groundsheet -- that is probably the quickest way to get holes in it. I use a waterproof foam pad or polycro sheet on every trip. Awesome as a ponch...

In GEAR » ZPacks groundsheet/poncho performance
March 30, 9:12pm

Re: thanks
"I'm a little perplexed why a mid (other than the DuoMid) might be better than TrailStar." It isn't better, it is a different kind of shelter. It pitches low to the ground,...

In GEAR » Lightweight shelter for two in desert
March 30, 1:15pm

Re: Where do you get your gear news?
I don't. If I need a specific piece of gear to fill a need then I research. Otherwise, gear has become boring ;)

In GEAR » Where do you get your gear news?
March 30, 1:05pm

Re: Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
Of course it matters, it must be the goal of all backpackers! Just kidding. I guess I am an aging backpacker. For me, to do the hikes I want, it has been important to keep my body weight dow...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
March 29, 3:35pm

Re: Need advice redesigning my Bivvy
Former long time poncho/tarp and bivy user/advocate. I no longer use a bivy. IMO, if you need to supplement your shelter with a bivy, then your shelter is inadequate. You (and me) are tryin...

In Make Your Own Gear » Need advice redesigning my Bivvy
March 29, 12:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Alaskans are like that.
I wonder if chemical dependency has anything to do with it?

In Philosophy & Technique » SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
March 27, 2:16pm

Re: Lightweight shelter for two in desert
I have hiked a couple times in the desert :) I usually just use a tarp or (mostly a Hexamid), but they do not meet your requirements as stated. For windy times (especially in the spring), I b...

In GEAR » Lightweight shelter for two in desert
March 27, 2:12pm

Re: Hacking Wool Slacks?
Years ago many of us wore wool trousers especially in winter. I ocassionally still wear them. You can get military surplus versions that are heavy, durable and scratchy. I think Filson still makes ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Hacking Wool Slacks?
March 27, 7:38am

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