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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: Thanks Rob
"I am a very warm person. My normal body temp is 99.5, not 98.6. So, during the summer I sweat a lot when exerting myself." Perhaps you should take some of that extra water and pour it...

In GEAR » Suggestions for a trail running/adventure racing pack?
May 05, 7:44am

Re: Re: ChChChia
On the trail I am a big fan of the Pack-It Gourmet Smoothies. Just add water, shake and drink. They have a nice Fat-Protein-Carb (13g-35g-42g) profile that really gives you sustained energy.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » healthiest backpacking breakfast?
May 04, 9:21am

Re: Side compression: who needs it?
Compression systems to me make the most sense for backpacks that you want to double as a daypack. 25-30L is not much bigger than most daypacks and at that size a compression system certainly seems...

In Make Your Own Gear » Side compression: who needs it?
May 03, 3:12pm

Re: tarp in action
Glad you posted that. I was thinking about a pitch just like that today with my Poncho. I typically use a flying diamond (roomy side entrance) or half pyramid (storm) but the pitch you used provi...

In Gear Deals » Crazy Golite Sale
May 02, 9:58pm

Re: Clothing System for a 4-5 day South San Juan summer trip.
Southern San Juan's at that time of year shouldn't see lows below 45 to 50 at night assuming you are below tree level. So a down vest or long sleeve fleece should be all the insulation you...

In GEAR » Clothing System for a 4-5 day South San Juan summer trip.
April 28, 5:19pm

Re: Poncho Tarp
Jeff, if you plan to use the Poncho Tarp in stormy conditions you will absolutely need a Bivy to make it work. The big issues with the Poncho Tarp as the primary shelter in storms is your rain gea...

In Gear Deals » FYI Golite Poncho Tarp back in stock
April 26, 9:13am

Re: Framesheet
Just to throw other options out there, I have the 2011 Jam and recently switched out the foam framesheet that came with it to use the GG SitLight Sit Pad. It has better stiffness and is more comfo...

In GEAR » 2012 50L Golite Jam (out of the box)
April 25, 4:02pm

Re: 8 Pound Base weight...sound good?
Not many details in your list to provide constructive comments (i.e., anything small and last minute). Validation of your list should be as much about function as weight. A few things that come t...

In Gear Lists » 8 Pound Base weight...sound good?
April 24, 5:03pm

Re: Trees
Ahh the memories of growing up in the 60/70s, exploring the woods from dawn to dusk, snake hunting, climbing trees, skate boarding and bicycling with no helmet, 22 mile day hike around the city, cl...

In Chaff » Study: "One third of parents will not let children do ‘risky activities’ like climbing trees"
April 22, 9:38am

Re: Insulated Pants
I would agree that a better insulated quilt makes more sense than insulated pants. The only time you have interest in insulation on your legs is at night when you sleep, so basically your comparin...

In GEAR » Insulated Pants versus Wool Base Layer at Night
April 20, 2:09pm

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