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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: Thanks for your comments.
Your comments about the ridge being 6 miles long highlights the importance of pre trip planning from the standpoint of looking at Topos before hand to have a good idea of your likely camp spots as ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1st night camping with tarp, what did I do wrong?
August 24, 7:40pm

2nd Generation Review
I have one of the BCB II models that I received back in April/May. My main thoughts are 1] Have used more with Alcohol than wood burning mode. Don't like the amount of soot when burning wo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backcountry Boiler - Long Term Review?
August 21, 8:45am

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In Chaff » Shameful and Irresponsible Dog Owner?
August 20, 12:48pm

Re: Re: poncho tarp
"If you tend to spend a lot of time in camp then small tarps probably aren't for you." That is one of the most important points I have read in a long time. Everyone always focuses...

In Multiple Use Gear » A solution to the Poncho Tarp problems
August 20, 10:44am

Re: no more Houdini in XXL
Get the First Ascent Sirocco Wind jacket instead. All they have left is XL and XXL sizes as well as Tall sizes and it's on sale for $19.99. I have this jacket and it's perfect. I say thi...

In GEAR » no more Houdini in XXL
August 20, 8:22am

Too small for normal use
Based on my experience last year I will never use a poncho tarp as my regular shelter when rain is expected. Setting up in the rain is one problem, but once you are setup there is simply no room t...

In Multiple Use Gear » A solution to the Poncho Tarp problems
August 19, 10:58pm

Spend a few nights first
The idea of sleeping under a Tarp in weather where the temperature is going to at or near the rating of your sleeping bag doesn't seem smart to me. A 5 by 9 tarp will provide minimal heat rete...

In GEAR » Mesh topped bivy under a 5X8 tarp in cold weather?
August 18, 9:28pm

Re: Re: Patagonia Houdini or Stoic Wraith
In my opinion a hood on a windshirt is highly useful. Without it you might as well forget it being much use in light rain. Also considering how much heat you lose through your head, stopping wind...

In GEAR » Patagonia Houdini or Stoic Wraith
August 16, 11:39am

Re: HELP! Can't decipher GPS Coordinates in Falcon's Hiking Colorado's Summit Area book
Your Garmin probably has the ability to accept both UTM and Lat/Long format entry. In your setup you should be able to specify which. In the guide book you are using it should have something in t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » HELP! Can't decipher GPS Coordinates in Falcon's Hiking Colorado's Summit Area book
August 15, 5:49pm

Re: Re: ursack jack-o-lantern
"Was the food in the bear cans in odor proof bags too? I'm thinking the Ursacks might have been targeted because of proximity, not because of smell, but the smell from the bear cans drew t...

In GEAR » ursack vs bear canister
August 15, 9:41am

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