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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: Re: Re: CT in May
Depends on the altitude, but just to give you an example. The normal temps for Leadville, CO (which is a little over 10,000ft) is lows in the upper 20's and highs in the low to upper 50's ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » CT in May
April 02, 1:04pm

Re: CT in May
In a normal year I would say the first few sections closer to Denver or the few sections closer to Durango would be ok in May. This year may have some expanded possibilities with little snow, howe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » CT in May
April 02, 12:00pm

Re: 5'x8' Tarp with Net Tent
That is too small a Tarp for a Net Tent. 1] The reason is because a 5x8 tarp would typically require a Bivy if it was raining (i.e., to protect against wind blown rain) 2] If there is no ri...

In GEAR » 5'x8' Tarp with Net Tent
April 02, 8:11am

Re: Backcountry Boiler Maintenance
I used Baking Soda and a scouring pad though I have heard Devin recommends Oven cleaner. I will be using alcohol in my BCB for now on because I can't stand the smell of the soot.

In GEAR » Backcountry Boiler Maintenance
March 28, 8:53pm

Re: Getting into bed under a minimal tarp while its raining
I have a GoLite poncho tarp. It was my rain gear and shelter last Sep in Colorado when I arrived to camp while still raining. I got wet setting up the tarp with no real room to maneuver, change c...

In GEAR » Getting into bed under a minimal tarp while its raining
March 27, 8:27pm

Re: Re: Re: Jam as daypack
Your right, I was thinking of it's approximately 3300 cubic inches and the 35L jumped into my head. So for the OP, for a day pack I would think the 35L Jam current year would be an excelle...

In GEAR » Day Pack vs GoLite Jam
March 24, 8:59pm

Re: Jam as daypack
I have the 2011 version of the Jam which is pretty much the 35L version this year. It is an awesome day pack. The reason is because it has tremendous compression ability both at the bottom of the ...

In GEAR » Day Pack vs GoLite Jam
March 24, 8:21pm

Item has been Sold.

In Gear Swap » Osprey Talon 44 S/M - $60 shipped CONUS
March 24, 7:35pm

Can this thread please just die already!
Can we all just agree to disagree and move along...

In Chaff » The basic math behind Christianity...
March 23, 2:42pm

Re: RE: High Sierra
I would definitely go with 30 degree bag or warmer. In the high Rockies at the height of summer I use a 40 degree quilt. It's plenty. A light down sweater or Nano Puff is enough extra insula...

In GEAR » Best sleeping bag for high Sierra in July
March 23, 10:21am

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