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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: Ways to sleep better
+1 on Earplugs "Regarding pillow's: If you use a water bladder, blow air back into it to inflate it to the desired firmness, then cover it with your buff, or some unworn piece of clothi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ways to sleep better
March 19, 9:39am

Osprey Talon 44 S/M
Temporarily removed but now back on the market for $60 shipped CONUS.

In Gear Swap » Osprey Talon 44 S/M - $60 shipped CONUS
March 19, 8:35am

Osprey Talon 22
Osprey Talon 22. It has been my reliable and rugged day pack for 3 years of climbing in Colorado.

In GEAR » Lightweight Day Pack - What are some good options?
March 18, 10:32pm

Re: Re: Wildcat 2.0
I just used the REWARDS20 coupon code at REI online to buy the new Wildcats along with my dividend. I tried them on earlier in the day along with some Brooks Cascade's and one other style. I ...

In GEAR » La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0
March 18, 8:58pm

Re: Re: Re: 20% off coupon works now
"a lot of personal information on a very public forum. guess not everyone's worried about privacy." What's to be worried about? No one is putting the credit card numbers out ...

In Gear Deals » REI Dividend?
March 18, 7:25pm

Mesh Pocket on Jam
So I had Katharina Pierini make me a custom mesh pocket for my Jam using some No-see-um mesh. Below are pictures. My next step is likely to completely remove the outside pocket on the Jam. The s...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding outside mesh pocket to Jam
March 18, 5:03pm

Bear Canister needed on CT?
Hard sided bear canister is not required on the CT. I would recommend Ursack with an Opsak inside of that.

In Gear Lists » CT 2012. First "long" distance hike.
March 18, 9:04am

Re: Trail runners and heavy pack weight?
"My pack usually weighs north of 50lbs and I am almost exclusively off-trail bushwacking." Sounds like the first thing is get your pack weight down and then trail runners will make sense.

In GEAR » Boots versus Trail Runners
March 14, 11:41am

Sold-Payment Received

In Gear Swap » Arcteryx Theta AR Men's Small
March 14, 6:46am

Tape on CF Poles
Do you recommend wrapping the lower section of your CF poles in duct tape to prevent knicks that may compromise the pole strength?

In GEAR » Tape on CF Poles
March 13, 10:51pm

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