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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: Re: Re: What I'm Taking on my JMT Hike (simplicity at it's best)
@Aaron "Have no idea why they can't make soft bottles with a wide mouth." Nalgene Canteen but reviews on REI unfortunately seem to indicate they are not very durable so maybe not the...

In Gear Lists » What I'm Taking on my JMT Hike (this is how you do it)
August 08, 5:14pm

Re: best two way sat communicator?
Might be worth looking into Satellite phones. I believe there has been some improvement in the competition and may be worth looking into as an option. http://www.globalsatellitecommunications.c...

In GEAR » best two way sat communicator?
August 07, 2:36pm

Re: Re: Re: Barrier bags
"yeah.. dumb luck. I don't use one and haven't had a problem either." The dumb luck comment was me just being facetious. I have had no issues when others in camps around me ha...

In GEAR » My scumbag opsack is now putting out an odor! :-P
August 06, 1:37pm

Re: Barrier bags
I have been very happy with my Opsack. Stored inside my Ursack I have yet to have any encounters with animals. Based on the feedback on this thread I guess that is just dumb luck.

In GEAR » My scumbag opsack is now putting out an odor! :-P
August 06, 12:44pm

Cover-up is better
Honestly I wonder why there seems to be so much more skin cancer nowadays. I have concerns that sunscreen is only preventing burning but not other damage that can lead to cancer. There are so man...

In GEAR » Sunscreen
August 05, 9:29pm

Re: Tarp Recomendation for marmot mesh bivy
Here is relatively inexpensive option. Just barely long enough though.

In GEAR » Tarp Recomendation for marmot mesh bivy
July 30, 9:32pm

Re: Bug net/bivy
One of the things I really like about the MLD Bug Bivy is the zipper location. It's lengthwise above you (i.e., Top Entry). It allows you the freedom to simply unzip a short section and sit s...

In GEAR » Bug net/bivy
July 26, 8:59pm

Re: Recommend a Light - FAST drying - NO ZIP OFF - pant for hot summer hikes
Arcteryx Rampart Pants 8.5oz. They are an athletic fit as most Arcteryx stuff is but move well. 100% nylon and so dry very quickly. I love the no zip pockets but with a well designed hood over t...

In GEAR » Recommend a Light-fast drying-no zip off-pant for hot summer hikes
July 25, 10:25pm

Re: Stainless dog bowl as cookpot?
Does it have a handle? Stainless dog bowls I have seen do not and would be awkward to pickup and handle when hot.

In GEAR » Stainless dog bowl as cookpot?
July 23, 1:25pm

WTB MLD Bug Bivy
Cuben or Silnylon

In Gear Swap » WTB MLD Bug Bivy
July 09, 8:42am

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