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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: hmm
The forest fires have mainly affected the immediate Front Range and for the most part have passed. Holy Cross Wilderness would be a good option though I haven't done any backpack loops there, ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions for a 4 day loop in CO
July 20, 2:34pm

LCW Water
I don't think LCW is a good option this year. The LCW is a little lower in elevation than some other areas and is affected even more by the hot dry conditions we have had.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions for a 4 day loop in CO
July 20, 1:02pm

Re: Suggestions for a 4 day loop in CO
I think asking for 4 day loop hike is a bit vague since no one knows how many miles you want to do. I would clarify with the type of trip of you would prefer. Do you want to hang out on a couple ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions for a 4 day loop in CO
July 20, 11:19am

Re: Partially used and empty fuel canisters
I know REI sells the device that can be used to aid in crushing empty containers. Once crushed they should recycleable with any metal recycling center.

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove vs Jetboil Sol Ti - weight savings, is it worth it?
July 16, 9:26pm

Re: Re: Alcohol vs. Jetboil
Just make sure you are including your pot in your alcohol weight. I own the Backcountry Boiler II so similar weight as Jetboil Sol Ti. So the main advantage is the fuel weight on shorter trips an...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove vs Jetboil Sol Ti - weight savings, is it worth it?
July 16, 5:36am

Re: Re: SpinnTwinn super high pitch
I have a Spinntwinn and agree with Bren, if you don't expect weather then no need to pitch at all.

In GEAR » SpinnTwinn super high pitch
July 16, 5:27am

Re: Nano Puff or FA Serrano?
Nano Puff is a bit lighter by almost 2oz and I think the Nano Puff has better attention to detail. One area that FA seems to short change is the zipper. Having said that, they have the same amoun...

In GEAR » Nano Puff or FA Serrano?
July 12, 5:15pm

Steripen and Sawyer
I have both and like both of them. I haven't used the Sawyer long enough to have a proper opinion but so far so good. On a longer trip I would probably bring both to back up the other.

In GEAR » Returning my Steripen
July 12, 4:22pm

Re: reading
The softshell article in the above link should be required reading for anyone doing winter activities. The reason I said earlier that nothing in my 3 season line-up is used in Winter is because an...

In Gear Lists » synthetic mid-layer and other dilemmas
July 12, 2:14pm

Re: wow...
"The R1 still feels like just another base layer, and don't see how it "pulls its weight" in terms of layering." The R1 is my winter baselayer. Most things I use for 3 s...

In Gear Lists » synthetic mid-layer and other dilemmas
July 12, 12:14pm

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