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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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I see a 4oz bottle for alcohol. Not sure how much you will use a day. 1oz minimum. Given the length re-supply points in the San Juans I would think you want more like an 8oz bottle or consider c...

In Gear Lists » Colorado Trail 2013 -- Tentative List
January 04, 10:15am

Re: Re: Continued Problem
Honestly, it sounds like a caching issue, where the browser is showing you a cached page and not the latest. I also know from other websites I have visited and talked with their administrator that...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Continued Problem
January 03, 3:25pm

Re: Esbit will become more popular in time
I admit to being a bit of a neat freak. The idea of using a fuel that leaves soot all over my stuff is just disgusting. I'll stick with alcohol thank you.

In GEAR » how come esbit is not more popular?
January 02, 9:31pm

Re: New Stove Recommendations
I have the first generation Jetboil (i.e., a heavy 16oz). I use it when I am less concerned about weight (car camping, 1 night trips). I am a recent convert to alcohol and recently acquired the C...

In GEAR » New Stove Recommendations
January 02, 11:30am

Re: Re: roan plateau
I tried on the Roan Plateau in the GoLite store over the holidays. I am 5'9" 150 and found the Medium quite roomy. Normally I wear a small but found that with the Roan that I needed a Me...

In Gear Swap » FS: Men's Roan Plateau 800 Fill Down Jacket (Medium)
January 02, 9:24am

2013 Plans
1] 2-3 short backpack trips (2-3 nights each). Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, South Fork of the Conejos River loop, Indian Peaks Wilderness are just some of the locations I am looking at. 2] Hike/Cl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2013 Plans
December 31, 9:55pm

R2 is a much better option than a Nanopuff
Dave I am completely with you. I owned a Nanopuff for a while but quickly concluded that it simply doesn't breath well enough. I frequently found myself sweating in the conditions/temps that ...

In GEAR » Am I nuts,the Nanopuff doesnt work for me?Is the praise just hype?
December 31, 9:39pm

Re: Nuanced Details....
"Moreover, they seem (as far as I can tell, and someone correct me if I'm wrong) that they aren't meant to be drawn up completely sealed under you. That bottom opening simply doesn'...

In GEAR » Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
December 29, 10:28pm

Re: Re: Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
I would second the recommendation for Katabatic Gear Alsek or Sawatch. Always better to have a healthy margin for error. I have the Chisos Regular and it is true to its temp rating for me and I a...

In GEAR » Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
December 29, 3:34pm

Bivy and a Book
MLD Bug Bivy and the official Colorado Trail Guide (8th edition).

In GEAR » So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year?
December 27, 7:55pm

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