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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: WTB: Bivy sack
Can you talk a little bit about how you plan to use it? is this for rain splash/spray protection under a Tarp? Bug protection only?

In Gear Swap » WTB: Bivy sack
June 04, 9:05pm

Anticipated Conditions
I would almost never encounter or choose to hike in all day rain. Wind shirts are perfect for 1-3 day trips where you have a reasonable certainty of the weather forecast and the chance for signifi...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 23, 11:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
I think his Windshirt philosophy is particularly driven by decision for trips more than a couple of nights when you can't accurately forecast weather. At that point, once you are committed to ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 22, 12:03pm

Re: inner is here.
I am looking forward to my Cuben Solomid arriving in the next few weeks. Curious is you experience any looseness of the pole tips inside the pole jack that may cause an issue if too much flex was ...

In GEAR » New MLD SoloMid XL
March 21, 10:06pm

Re: Re: MLD Bug Bivy & Mids
Tony, I am waiting delivery of my MLD Cuben Solomid (I am fascinated as well :). My plan is either the Borah Bug Bivy or the MLD Solo Innernet. I pretty certain the MLD Bug bivy wouldn't real...

In GEAR » Thinking about a bug bivy...
March 09, 9:24pm

I have had the MLD bug bivy and the top entry was the best feature. I know it seems a little counter intuitive. The important benefit it provides is being able to unzip a bit and sit up fully. H...

In GEAR » Thinking about a bug bivy...
March 08, 12:51pm

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

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