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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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Lost Creek Wilderness - Windy Peak 23 Mile Loop
I have been desperate to get out if even for a short loop and was finally able break away from work to take some time yesterday and today. The link below is to the picture album. This has been an...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Creek Wilderness - Windy Peak 23 Mile Loop
June 06, 9:45pm

Re: Re: Re: How many F degrees of warmth can a silk sleeping liner and a LW down puffy add?
"Sleeping bag liners don't add much warm, it's more efficient to put that weight into clothing." +1 Liners are primarily to help keep your bag cleaner, especially if you are...

In GEAR » How many F degrees of warmth can a silk sleeping liner and a LW down puffy add?
May 22, 3:40pm

Re: Suggestions for late June backpacking in CO
I wouldn't rule out South San Juan Wilderness. It may be a lower snow year for that part of the state but actually that may make June workable whereas in a normal or higher snow year it wouldn...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions for late June backpacking in CO
May 20, 10:13pm

Re: What's your Summer Sleep System?
Location: Colorado Temp Comfort: > 35 Sleeping Bag: Katabatic Gear Chisos 40 degree quilt Pad: Neoair short (Original) Clothing: Only insulation is a Patagonia Down Sweater Vest. That with ...

In GEAR » What's your Summer Sleep System?
May 20, 2:35pm

Re: IT Band issues
You are right on with the exercise to strengthen (squats and lunges) and foam roller, not really sure about footwear playing a role. I had the same issue a few years ago and the primary solution w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » IT Band issues
May 19, 3:47pm

Re: Re: zpacks rain skirt
"what's the rationale for choosing a cuben fiber rain skirt over a silnylon one?" Cuben is a stiffer material and therefore the skirt tends to hold it's shape (i.e., stick out ...

In GEAR » zpacks rain skirt
May 18, 9:26pm

Re: **UPDATE**
Drop the Saw and Camp Shoes to save a pound. Exchange cotton t shirt for synthetic (drys faster).

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day gear list
May 18, 8:12am

Re: Four Pass Loop 2014 snow?
It's really too early to make an assessment about what June 18 will look like, too much weather between now and then to accurately say. What is a fact is that Snowpack is well above average th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Four Pass Loop 2014 snow?
May 17, 10:01pm

Re: Re: Bierstadt
Some better options for spring 14ers that minimize post-holing would be just south of Quandary, i.e., Sherman, Democrat, Lincoln and Bross. The trails go up relatively quick and are more wind blow...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Creek Wilderness 5/6-8/2014
May 13, 10:58pm

Bierstadt
I didn't really address Bierstadt in my response but I will say that I would NEVER do Bierstadt in May. I made that mistake once and will never do that again. The problem is the main route go...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Creek Wilderness 5/6-8/2014
May 13, 7:06pm

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