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Randy Martin (randalmartin) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Colorado
About Me My primary pursuits are mountaineering (hiking with the goal of a summit) but I am beginning to re-kindle my love of Backpacking. In particular I have become a big fan of the Ultralight approach and love this website. I seem to be in a perpetual state of shelter/sleep system evaluation. My current setup for shelter is a GG SpinnTwinn with YMG Bug Bivy 1.0 (summer) or Katabatic Bristlecone Bivy(colder). Sleep system is Katabatic Chisos 40 degree quilt with Neoair short.
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All Forum Posts by Randy Martin

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Re: Katabatic Gear Grenadier
The main reason you haven't seen anything is because they just introduced that particular model. The Blackwelder was their 0 degree quilt they used to offer. So the Grenadier is sort of the r...

In GEAR » Katabaticgear Grenadier
February 05, 4:58pm

Re: help choosing a bivy
I would check out the Uber Bivy. For 26oz it seems pretty solid and I think you might appreciate the extra room.

In GEAR » help choosing a bivy
January 26, 6:05pm

Another element is that the line between framed and frameless is getting blurred. My Arc Blast has excellent structural rigidity and support. It's sorta like a frame with the carbon fiber str...

In GEAR » What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks
January 12, 8:00pm

Buff much better than a bandana
A buff is a much better alternative to a bandana. The coverage is better and less tight around my head. Checkout the link below which has a video on all of the incredible ways you can where them....

January 12, 1:45pm

Re: Square-ish quilt?
I own the Bristlecone Bivy. I don't think you would have any problem at all. It's quite roomy in the Regular size (which I own) but if you were a little concerned they have the wide versi...

In GEAR » Bristlecone Bivy
November 04, 5:44pm

Lost Creek Wilderness and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness
LCW is a nice choice because it is lower in altitude and and therefore offers a better shot at less severe conditions. Elevation is in the 8-10k range for most of the area. The Goose Creek Loop i...

In Winter Hiking » Late December Snowshoe and Backpacking in Colorado
October 28, 3:07pm

Safe Trip
Just an update that I had a great time yesterday. Saw a few Hunters but there seemed to be more scouting going on than anything else. I never heard one shot. I think being in a Wilderness area h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking in Hunting Season
October 13, 12:51pm

Backpacking in Hunting Season
Saturday is the start of the first rifle season for Elk in Colorado. I am debating going for a trip in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness in Colorado which will definitely have hunters. The idea of hik...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking in Hunting Season
October 08, 8:22pm

Re: Down quilt/bag...stuff or not stuff?
A down bag shouldn't lose loft after each stuffing/compacting. The key is not to store it stuffed long term. When you take it out I would give the quilt a good shaking to help distribute the ...

In GEAR » Down quilt/bag...stuff or not stuff?
October 02, 10:35am

Re: Enlightened Equipment Closet Cleaning Sale
Thanks for doing this Tim! Just jumped on this and ordered the 6' REG 10 degree.

In Gear Deals » Enlightened Equipment Closet Cleaning Sale
September 30, 11:47pm

All Reader Reviews by Randy Martin

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Katabatic Gear Bristlecone (Regular Length, Wide Width)
I have had the Bristlecone Bivy for a year and really appreciate the side zipper for ease of entry/exit. The mesh is just right for breathability and views. The stake out loops are nice when you wan...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
May 15, 6:03pm

Marmot Atom
The bag is true to it's 40 degree rating and when I sleep with insulating layers on I have comfortably slept in this bag down to the upper 20's. If you are cold in this bag at 50 then I suspe...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 31, 1:59pm