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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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GG SitLight
Two things, 1] Stiff pad for a "Frame". In my GoLite Jam backpack I pulled out the pad that came with it and replaced with the Gossamer Gear SitLight pad which is more stiff and does...

In GEAR » Preferred sleeping p[ad for forming framless pack.
January 17, 8:46am

Don't cut corners on your sleep system
Have to agree with the previous poster that Enlightened Equipment is a no brainer for getting a high quality quilt for a very reasonable price. To me, a quality sleep system isn't the place to...

In GEAR » making use of an old bag, help please.
January 15, 4:54pm

Combining Quilts to boost warmth
I have seen a post or two from people that have combined quilts to boost warmth. I am thinking of doing something similar with a 40 degree and a 20 degree quilt that combined inside a Bivy would g...

In GEAR » Combining Quilts to boost warmth
January 14, 10:06pm

Re: Sleep System
I like that system Kevin. I have been debating the merits of investing in a dedicated winter bag and it seems it would be just as effective both from cost and function to invest in a second quilt ...

In Multiple Use Gear » 4 season mummy bag
January 14, 9:20am

Re: And the winner is... it's a tie?
Ultimately it sounds to me like your personal objective is faster boil times and willing to pay a slight weight penalty for that. It all comes down to preference I guess, weight vs wait :)

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Trangia
January 13, 10:13am

Exped with GG Thinlight
Happened on this thread and wanted to add a combination that I think might work well for me as a side sleeper. I fold up my GG Thinlight pad 1/8" and rest my Exped Air Pillow on top. This do...

In GEAR » My never ending search for the right pillow
January 12, 8:50pm

GG Spinntwinn with MLD Bug Bivy
I use the MLD Bug Bivy with my Spinntwinn. Good writeup and pictures on that combination here http://www.briangreen.net/2011/07/tarp-bivy-combo-your-sub-1lb-shelter.html

In GEAR » GG Spinntwinn and Summertime bug protection
January 12, 7:19pm

Re: GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
After posting I saw this thread http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=71961 That gives me some options if I opt to replace with carb...

In GEAR » GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
January 11, 5:47pm

GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
I have the SpinnTwinn and have the aluminum pole set you can buy with it. I have noticed that in wind or a tight pitch that they will flex under stress. I shot a video today to illustrate. You c...

In GEAR » GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
January 11, 4:40pm

What Greg says
Completely agree with what Greg says. I also wouldn't want to eat a certain way at home and then suddenly take a < 2 week backpack trip and eat a completely different way.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Daily calorie requirements for long term thru hikes?
January 11, 11:17am

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