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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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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

Re: Re: Is anyone else feeling stranded?
I have had your feeling at times. Each of us has different seasons of life. Very few that have a family are able to be completely in control of each season. I am 49 and still lack the amount of ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Is anyone else feeling stranded?
September 01, 8:38pm

Animals near civilization vs wilderness
Incidents are clearly more prevalent in areas near civilization vs wilderness. Two main reasons being more people around, so simply statistics. The second reason, is the habituation to Humans and...

In GEAR » Warding off black bears, what has worked for you??
August 26, 9:25pm

Re: Shaped Tarp
My only dislike of shaped tarps is the smaller amount of room under them when it rains. I have the SpinnTwinn with the YMG Bug Shelter 1.0. The large duo sized tarp (MLD Grace Duo is another exam...

In GEAR » Rectangular vs Shaped Cuben Tarps
August 18, 10:32pm

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