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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: Spinnsheet: why use it?
I find the ability to have a place to set and organize things makes a groundsheet very helpful. Just keeps things dry, clean and easy to find. It provides some protection for an air mattress (lik...

In GEAR » Spinnsheet: why use it?
May 21, 6:35pm

Re: The Case Against Wood Fires
I am not a fan of wood fires for a much simpler reason. I hate the smell of smoke. It's like glue and sticks to everything. Is there a certain beauty and peace in watching a wood fire burn, ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Case Against Wood Fires
May 21, 7:55am

Hike Stronger and Lighter
I would make sure you are doing significant core strengthening exercises and resistance work doing Olympic lifts (Dead Lift and Squats) That will ensure that you can carry weight without having to ...

In GEAR » Backpacking and anterior pelvic tilt
May 19, 10:33pm

Sleep Clothing
My first reaction is that I would never sleep in boxer shorts and t-shirt. One of the cardinal rules of cold weather camping is to wear at least some of your insulated clothing/base layers to slee...

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL 7 felt "cool" under hips at 5-8 deg C
May 19, 10:17pm

I am interested
Keep us posted on your efforts and availability. Great idea for a river crossing/camp wear as well.

In Make Your Own Gear » FINALLY...A minimalist sandal that works!
May 07, 10:02pm

Re: tarp/bivy combo under 1lb
My current solution GG SpinnTwinn ZPacks Poncho Groundsheet Don't need Bivy if no bugs. If Bugs then will bring/use my Katabatic Gear Bristlecone Bivy 7.8oz. I am thinking about gettin...

In GEAR » Noobie Bivy Questions
May 07, 6:05pm

Hammer Perpetuem
I would suggest looking at http://www.hammernutrition.com/products/perpetuem.pp.html for endurance fuel throughout the day. Highly recommended.

In Philosophy & Technique » Long ol' dayhike prep
May 07, 9:36am

Re: Re: "Understanding UV protection"
My Brother passed away in November from Skin Cancer so this topic hits close to home. For the last few years I only hike in long pants and long sleeves. However, the normal reaction is that must ...

In GEAR » Understanding UV protection
May 06, 5:12pm

Re: Namaskara good, but...
For hip flexors the Warrior 1 pose is awesome. For an IT band stretch try this Starting Position: Stand upright and cross your right leg behind your left. Action: Lean slightly forwards and ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Yoga poses for on the trail
May 06, 2:50pm

Avoid high pressure
Doesn't sounds like this was the issue with yours but I avoid putting major pressure on it. Similar to the issues with Sawyer squeeze bags, I find that rolling up instead of squeezing down and...

In GEAR » Instaflator quality issues
May 05, 10:07pm

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