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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: Wind Rivers, advice for a UK hiker
To avoid confusing our UK friend in the previous post, Memorial Day is not in early September its in late May. You are thinking of Labor Day.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind Rivers, advice for a UK hiker
February 27, 9:17pm

Re: 3 Day 2 Night - South Arapaho Peak - Eldora CO - missing 1 section of hike
Looking in Google Earth, it certainly looks very doable to get up onto the saddle just to the north of Klondike as you have it drawn. Clearly that is the crux but it doesn't appear too steep. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3 Day 2 Night - South Arapaho Peak - Eldora CO - missing 1 section of hike
February 25, 9:34pm

Re: re: quilt attachments
I agree with Lori, I just don't find it's that big a deal to re-tuck the sides as needed. I have a Katabatic Gear quilt for summer. Since it's a shaped quilt with the elastic it easil...

In GEAR » Favorite quilt-to-pad attachment strategy?
February 24, 7:31pm

Re: Re: iphone 5 or 6 update
You can't remove the battery from an iPhone. Android may be an option depending on the phone.

In GEAR » Attention all who carry iPhones while backpacking: critical info RE iPhone 5
February 22, 9:25pm

Re: I will take an esbitmizer
I'll take one as well. Simple, creative, effective, light. Very nice!

In Gear Deals » Esbit Burner
February 05, 4:49pm

Re: Fleeces!
For the benefit of others you may want to clarify chest inches. 23" can't be right. Also what do you mean by overall "?

In Gear Swap » Fleeces!
February 04, 6:40pm

Re: NEW 2014/15 MB Permafrost for $220
Wow, what a score for someone. I have this exact same jacket and can testify to it's impressive warmth. Outstanding insurance in the Alpine winter

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell Permafrost Down Parka / Mens Medium / Sunset Orange
February 03, 10:52pm

Re: grey solomid
Thanks Zakary, I ended up ordering the cuben version from MLD. Thanks for your follow up.

In Gear Swap » WTB: MLD Solomid Silnylon
February 03, 8:47pm

Re: Asking for trouble!
That's why I think actually having both ends open is best. At least if wind shifts it can blow through without lifting the tarp, pulling the stakes, and well, you get the picture. Below is an...

In GEAR » Tarps pushed to the limit - tell us your stories
February 03, 6:05pm

Re: Re: Re: favorite high elevation summer down puffy??
I backpack quite a bit in Colorado in the Summer. I generally just take a puffy vest (Patagonia Down Sweater Vest). The only times I might be cold would be late evening or early morning while at ...

In GEAR » favorite high elevation summer down puffy??
February 03, 1:28pm

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