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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: so...
Hilarious Nick! Some golden nuggets of wisdom in that post. I can vouch having been married 20+ years. I would add another piece of advice. Occasionally you need to actually sell some gear (alb...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » tarp, bivy, ground cloth vs. UL tent weight/cost analysis
March 01, 2:03pm

Re: tarp, bivy, ground cloth vs. UL tent weight/cost analysis
Here is my setup to give you an example of a much lighter and less expensive solution Light - If I know weather will be bad. 1] Gossamer Gear Spinn Twinn $175, about 12oz including cord, Line...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » tarp, bivy, ground cloth vs. UL tent weight/cost analysis
March 01, 11:23am

Neoair Blowing up by mouth
Directly from Cascade Designs website "Lasting Performance: The All Season mattress can be inflated directly without the worry of exhaled moisture wetting insulation and decreasing perform...

In GEAR » Neoair All-Season questions
March 01, 9:44am

Re: bivy
Testing your setup in the backyard is a good idea as we move through Spring you should be able to test over various nighttime lows to get pretty dialed in on what you need at what temps. Your quil...

In GEAR » summer bivy sleeping
February 28, 8:29pm

Re: Anyone hike with a cape as rain wear?
I think the Tyvek would be better than the garbage bag. More stiff and would probably shed water better and breath a little better. Having said that, the more important thing would be to toss the...

In GEAR » Anyone hike with a cape as rain wear?
February 28, 4:48pm

Re: ice axe
The shorter axes are primarily for steep snow climbs (> 45 degrees) where you are climbing straight up (not traversing) and therefore don't want a long axe that would be more difficult to pl...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Help Ice axe novice determine the correct length and which crampons
February 28, 10:45am

Re: Ursack with Opsak
+1 on Opsak inside the Ursack. That should be standard practice and is how Ursack recommends using their product. Ben the reason the Ursack is better than a 2oz bag is the the Kevlar in the U...

In GEAR » Ursack closer to being allowed in Yosemite?
February 28, 10:02am

Re: I Like Using a Bivy
"Maybe we need to use a new term, "bivy" for the standard waterproof bivy that people seem to not like at BPL and use "UL bivy" for the ultralite, water resistant, highly b...

In GEAR » Why even use a bivy?
February 28, 8:22am

Starbucks VIA
If you are Backpacking I don't know how you have any other approach than Starbucks VIA. It has great flavor and ultralight. The only downside is the cost. Nescafe anyone? :)

In GEAR » K Cups
February 28, 8:13am

Re: Ursack
"Has it really been that mis-handled, though? When you look in detail, there are a pretty incredible number of reports of the Ursack being breached. I own one, but would never tie it at ground...

In GEAR » Ursack closer to being allowed in Yosemite?
February 28, 7:56am

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