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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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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

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

Re: GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
After posting I saw this thread 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

Buff pulled over your Exped
The other tip I have found both effective and comfortable is pulling my buff over my Exped pillow. The Buff material feels much better against my face and at the same time makes the pillow more re...

In GEAR » how do you stop pillow sliding off sleeping mat
January 10, 5:20pm

Exped Synmat UL 7 question
Interested if anyone has used the Synmat UL 7 in winter conditions. Was it enough or did you need a thin piece of foam or reflective "blanket" under it for any additional warmth?

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL 7 question
January 09, 1:22pm

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