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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: 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

Re: RE: Local Conditions
I live at 6500ft in Castle Rock (a bit east of LCW). We received about 10" of heavy wet snow. I suspect LCW received 12" at least. The warm up is going to be a bit slow this week and s...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Creek Wilderness 5/6-8/2014
May 12, 9:13pm

Re: Re: Where would you setup camp in this picture
Good point Gary about the general brevity of the intense part of storms in our home state. In some cases, perhaps the best choice is just put my poncho on, find trees for short term protection and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where would you setup camp in this picture
May 12, 5:00pm

Where would you setup camp in this picture
I haven't had a lot of experience camping near treeline. One of my questions for those that have is how you handle thunderstorms. I have read through many threads about peoples approach to li...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where would you setup camp in this picture
May 12, 8:44am

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