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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: Steripen questions - sterilizing the threads of water bottle?
I have cutoff the very top of a one liter Aquafina bottle. It is my scoop and treatment container. So I scoop and treat in the Aquafina and pour into my drinking container. I don't use Nalge...

In GEAR » Steripen questions - sterilizing the threads of water bottle?
August 15, 8:09am

Tarp Camping Questions and Concerns
Of course cowboy camping in a sleeping bag does provide quite a bit of protection with a headnet. A quilt doesn't offer that same protection. So either your ok with the risk of crawling bugs,...

In GEAR » Tarp Camping Questions and Concerns
August 14, 4:26pm

Bug Bivy
If crawling bugs are your concern then I would suggest a Bug Bivy to accompany your Tarp. Something like one of the following MLD Bug Bivy

In GEAR » Tarp Camping Questions and Concerns
August 14, 3:07pm

Re: What's all this bitching?
Agree completely with Matthew Edwards page 1 post. All of you that don't want to pay should not renew and move on. The near constant whining about some service you were promised but not deliv...

In Chaff » The I used to be a member but now I'm not celebration thread.
August 13, 10:35pm

Conejos Peak
For those that are in to peaks as a side trip, Conejos Peak 13,172ft, looks to be a relatively easy up and down hike from your second campsite. For those that may be interested in Conejos Peak a...

In Post-Trip Reports » South Fork Conejos River Semiloop
August 13, 12:55pm

Beautiful Area that I have my eyes on
Thanks for sharing your trip. I have had plans to do that loop since last year and have my map all ready to go and just trying to find the right time to do it. I am thinking some time in late Sep...

In Post-Trip Reports » South Fork Conejos River Semiloop
August 13, 11:54am

Hmm...I have to say that it doesn't look very breathable. If it's going to rain I would prefer a design that allows maximum venting in vertical rain and only close up the shelter fully in ...

In GEAR » World's Lightest Tent?
August 12, 10:38pm

Sleep Aid
Try a sleep aid, Melatonin if you want something more natural. I also find two other things have helped me, 1] Ear Plugs or listening to music from iPod 2] Pulling my buff half way down my fac...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry insomnia
August 07, 11:48pm

Re: The lightest footprint of all
Bob, I think the discussion is more for people that use Tarps where there is no floor and therefore a ground cloth/sheet can be useful vs nothing. Agreed for Tents with a floor there is no need.

In GEAR » tyvek vs polycro as ground cloth for rocky Sierra camp site.
August 01, 10:01am

Re: Baselayer
Sorry, I missed your last post about the location/timing of your use. Having said that, while a mid-weight may be ok for September in the Alpine (when lows will be in the 30's and high's i...

In GEAR » Suggestions on baselayer?
August 01, 9:04am

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