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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: Got a tarp - Need a bivy
My personal experience is that bivys are not good in summer bug season. I prefer and now use the Yama bug shelter 1.0 under my Spinntwinn. There are plenty of similar on the market like the MLD b...

In GEAR » Got a tarp - Need a bivy
July 17, 2:18am

Re: Re:
Given your statement about never having been above 8k ft I definitely would suggest starting off the trip with something easier to gauge your personal reaction to being above 13k ft. Even if you a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Colorado Trip Planning - Which Peaks?
July 16, 8:59am

Geography
You couldn't have hardly picked 3 14ers more disbursed. That means too much time wasted driving around the state that could be better spent in the backcountry. I agree with Paul about the abu...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Colorado Trip Planning - Which Peaks?
July 15, 11:10pm

TarpTent Double Rainbow
I am a Tarp only guy so don't have direct experience with TarpTent but I think you would hit all of your requirements and then some with a TarpTent Double Rainbow though it's over your pric...

In GEAR » So many tents!!!!!! (and Hi! I am new here)
July 08, 6:21pm

Re: So many tents!!!!!! (and Hi! I am new here)
You are going to get 100 different responses on shelter and there is obviously multiple right answers. To narrow down your choice a bit, can you give some background on the type of environment you...

In GEAR » So many tents!!!!!! (and Hi! I am new here)
July 08, 2:00pm

4 Pass Loop on Maroon Bells - Conditions
For those interested in conditions around the 4 pass loop. The update below on 14ers.com gives pictures from just a few days ago. Still an unbelievable amount of snow. I am thinking my plans for...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 4 Pass Loop on Maroon Bells - A couple of questions
July 01, 5:42pm

Re: LCW
Excellent pictures. Glad you got out and enjoyed. This has been a really good year for the early summer LCW trips. It also makes a good place for those October backpacks when the higher altitude...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Creek WIlderness Loop with a full moon on Bison Peak
June 17, 10:35pm

Re: Re: JB Ti
+1 to everything Marko said.

In GEAR » Jetboil Sol Titanium Stove
June 13, 11:05am

Jetboil Sol Ti
I recently acquired the Jetboil Sol Ti for $105 on sale at Campsaver. My first impressions of this one. 1] Leaving off the lid, cup and pot stablizer (none of these things needed) the weight is...

In GEAR » Jetboil Sol Titanium Stove
June 12, 9:17pm

Re: Forest Ranger's dying wish
That's beautiful. Hospice organizations are so awesome.

In On the Web » Forest Ranger's dying wish
June 12, 8:27am

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