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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: 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

Flattop Wilderness
Some very useful information here. I have a 32 mile loop mapped out in this same area that uses Stillwater Reservoir, Trappers Lake, Wall Lake, Island Lake, Road Lake and Hooper Lake as the rough ...

In Post-Trip Reports » 65 Mile Loop - Flat Tops Wilderness, CO
August 18, 6:21pm

SOLD FS: BPL Thorofare LS Shirt Mens Small
Item has been sold and funds received.

In Gear Swap » FS: BPL Thorofare LS Shirt Mens Small
August 15, 8:56pm

FS: BPL Thorofare LS Shirt Mens Small
$25 Shipped CONUS BP Thorofare Mens Small long sleeve shirt (Brown). Excellent condition. Worn two times. 4.5oz on my postal scale. PM or post here. Paypal only.

In Gear Swap » FS: BPL Thorofare LS Shirt Mens Small
August 15, 2:50pm

Re: Bananas for Wallace's Monkey Pillow !!!!!
+1. I bought one to and love it for all the reasons you stated.

In GEAR » Bananas for Wallace's Monkey Pillow !!!!!
August 14, 5:23pm

Agree on the Roller
Foam Roller is definitely good advice. The bad news is that regardless of what you do, I don't think you are going to get your IT band in condition fast enough for your planned JMT in a week. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » recovery from IT band pain? JMT in 1 week...
August 13, 9:46pm

Re: Re: looking for a UL shirt
+1 on the Golite Wildwood trail running shirt. Excellent stretch, incredible breathability.

In GEAR » looking for a UL shirt
August 13, 8:34pm

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

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