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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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Breathability?
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

Re: Re: Alcohol stove boil times
"I am also guessing that you will need some fuel to prime the stove." Shouldn't need to prime anything for alcohol. Priming is more for compressed gas type stove.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alcohol stove boil times
August 01, 7:43am

Re: Very poor flow rate
Mine flows much faster than that so definitely sounds like something is plugged up. Of course mine is fairly new and I have only used on one overnight trip so far. So when you first used it and y...

In GEAR » The Sawyer Squeeze just got better
July 31, 2:00pm

Re: Midweight?
Yes, I midweight merino wool is way too much for Texas except maybe in Winter (which is still pretty mild in Texas). For 3 season use in Texas you should be looking at the lightest baselayer (like...

In GEAR » Suggestions on baselayer?
July 31, 9:44am

Rain Gear and Sleep Pad
If you are bringing the umbrella I think you would just need some ultralight rain pants not a Columbia Rain jacket. I imagine the jacket is close to a 1lb. Exped Synmat UL 7 is about a 1lb. So...

In Gear Lists » 10 Lb'ers.... Speechless
July 30, 9:32am

Re: side/belly quilt sleepers: stopping the chimney effect?
A good quilt will have a draft collar and a way to synch down the top around your neck to seal out the cold (typically a snap and or draw cord). The best example is what you see with the Katabatic...

In GEAR » side/belly quilt sleepers: stopping the chimney effect?
July 30, 12:01am

Re: Best 5 day hike...small emphasis on fishing...within 5 hours of Denver
I would leave the dog at home.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best 5 day hike...small emphasis on fishing...within 5 hours of Denver
July 28, 5:23pm

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