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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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Call Aaron
I would call Aaron at Katabatic. He will be the best person to answer your question

In GEAR » Deciding on the amount of overfill (Katabatic Sawatch)
September 10, 2:38am

Consider the Terrain
If I am going to be on a trail then I use my trailrunners, however, in the summer I am often on scree and talus because I am climbing mountains here in Colorado. I find the ankle protection from t...

In GEAR » Has anyone gone back to wearing boots after trying shoes?
September 07, 2:19pm

Re: How fast to you hike?
In the summer I do a lot of hiking/climbing for summits (13ers/14ers here in Colorado). Those tend to involve grades of about 1/1 (1 mile+1000ft of elevation). I can average 2mph on a grade like ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast to you hike?
September 06, 9:14pm

Re: Re: Opsack + bear canister to avoid bear run ins and to increase safety.
No Bear Canisters are definitely not smell proof and yes putting contents in an Opsack first is absolutely a good idea. The Opsack is a mandatory piece of gear in my opinion because it is your fir...

In GEAR » Opsack + bear canister to avoid bear run ins and to increase safety.
September 06, 5:37pm

WTB Shock Cord
What is a good place to purchase lightweight shock cord?

In Make Your Own Gear » WTB Shock Cord
September 05, 12:46pm

2 lbs for a Bivy!!
Why would want to buy a Bivy that weighs 2lbs? You can have a full 1p tent for that weight and for the same or less price no less and a have a lot more room. What am I missing?

In GEAR » Uber Bivy or Nemo Gogo?
September 05, 9:50am

Re: Rate my sleep system
I think trying to get a full 15 degrees below your bag rating is really pushing it even with that clothing setup. I say that in part because I have a Marmot 15 degree bag that hasn't lived up ...

In GEAR » Rate my sleep system
September 04, 8:21pm

Nemo Meta 1p pitch tips
I have had my Nemo Meta 1p for about 2 years now but have only had it out for about 15 nights in that period of time. This past weekend I somewhat inadvertently discovered an important contributio...

In GEAR » Nemo Meta 1p pitch tips
September 04, 2:59pm

Sorry, I just can't let that go by without a comment. At some point it becomes visual pollution. :)

In Make Your Own Gear » 1p Tarp with 0.75oz Spin
September 04, 9:52am

Re: Bear Paw Minimalist 1 opinions

In GEAR » Bear Paw Minimalist 1 opinions
September 03, 9:39pm

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