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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: 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

Re: gear list
Sounds just like a lot of thin layers and not much insulation. Agree with Walter. You were simply under insulated while stopped and not moving. You should have a parka that you can put on over a...

In Philosophy & Technique » i was cold...
February 27, 12:55pm

Sold to David
Sold. Email came just before your post Andrew. Sorry about that

In Gear Swap » FS: Backcountry Boiler II
February 26, 1:10pm

FS: Backcountry Boiler II
Sale cancelled. Still available

In Gear Swap » FS: Backcountry Boiler II
February 26, 1:03pm

SOLD: FS: Backcountry Boiler II

In Gear Swap » FS: Backcountry Boiler II
February 26, 12:58pm

FS: Backcountry Boiler II
I bought two Supreme Boilers from Devin most recent batch. Selling the second. Never used. Includes the FireFelt Alcohol wick that was an optional purchase. $100 Shipped CONUS. Paypal: ran...

In Gear Swap » FS: Backcountry Boiler II
February 26, 12:23pm

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