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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: Buff
Here is an excellent video on the many configurations of a Buff. Nice looking model to boot.

In Multiple Use Gear » Multi-Use Items
March 05, 7:09pm

Re: do you use a ground sheet?
Any Bivy should have a waterproof floor (silnylon), so groundsheet shouldn't be needed for your bivy. Sleep pad should be inside the Bivy. Haven't staked out my bivy before. Only necessa...

In GEAR » using a water RESISTANT bivy in the rain..?
March 05, 4:25pm

Re: Any conclusions? Any more advice?
"I've just booked a night in Rocky Mountain National Park this summer for my family. They require bear canisters, which will be a new addition to our backpacking kit. " Are you goi...

In GEAR » Lightweight Bear Canisters
March 05, 2:35pm

Re: Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
First off I am unclear from your description whether the moisture is on the outside or inside of your bag. Either way it seems a Bivy should be used. I am wondering if using a Bivy would help mov...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
March 05, 12:44pm

Re: using a water RESISTANT bivy in the rain..?
I am a slide sleeper as well but have never rolled around enought to roll onto the WR side of my Bivy. Having said that, staking the loops would seem to be a reasonable option (at least on one side).

In GEAR » using a water RESISTANT bivy in the rain..?
March 04, 7:50pm

Re: Re: Re: WPB fabrics, minimalist shoes
"DWR finish, which is the Achilles heel." Is there anything you can do to restore DWR Isn't the DWR applied by the fabric manufacturer, not the clothing sewer The manufacturer do...

In Editor's Roundtable » Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review
March 04, 4:44pm

Re: Re: Re: eVent
"It seems like eVent has a better DWR coating - water beads up on the outside surface better than other fabrics" eVent and Goretex have an outer layer of Nylon typically. This layer p...

In Editor's Roundtable » Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review
March 04, 4:13pm

Re: Layer to bring 30 degree bag to 20?
Personally I would use something like a Down Sweater equivalent. As another poster said, the additional warmth you will need for the Bag will also be needed around camp, so a jacket like that has ...

In GEAR » Layer to bring 30 degree bag to 20?
March 02, 6:52pm

Re: Poncho Tarp Help!
You need to tie out the hood part so it doesn't sag. Here is another pitch option.

In GEAR » Poncho Tarp Help!
March 02, 2:20pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alternatives
"reduced weight ... depends on the setup ... i suspect if you add all the extras the difference wont be that great ... not to mention you can get very light tents these days" Ponc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » tarp, bivy, ground cloth vs. UL tent weight/cost analysis
March 02, 9:17am

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