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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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Use a Coffee Filter as a prefilter
not sure what sized particles would make it through a Coffee filter but it would seem that using as a pre-filter would significantly reduce the load on your main filter.

In GEAR » Water filters and Alaska glacial Silt?
May 23, 5:03pm

Rain jacket vs poncho
I never plan to hike intentionally in a storm (wind driven rain). If I have done that bad a job of reading the weather and find myself above treeline in wind driven rain then I will pay a price fo...

In GEAR » Rain jacket vs poncho
May 23, 1:04pm

The link works
I can see your photos. Thanks for posting, nice to get a visual on the conditions.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Goose Creek TH Loop Map
May 22, 10:37pm

I have been plenty warm when using my MH Powerstretch Balaclava (Fleece) into the 20's.

In GEAR » What quilt ?
May 22, 9:57pm

Re: Re: Rain jacket vs poncho
"So, for essentially....the same weight, but full coverage of a rain suit." Not quite, you now don't have any coverage of your pack itself aside from a pack liner you might have to...

In GEAR » Rain jacket vs poncho
May 22, 5:45pm

Golite Poncho - Half Pyramid
I think there are a couple of examples of the half pyramid on this thread but wanted to add a third because the pitch below shows it in a storm capable pitch (i.e., to the ground) and because I thi...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
May 22, 5:36pm

Bristlecone Bivy
I own the Bristlecone Bivy Regular and use the Big Agnes IAC sleeping pad Regular 72" X 20" X 2.5" and have a Marmot Atom 40 degree down bag Regular 72" long. I have plenty of ...

In GEAR » Pinon/Bristlecone Katabatic Bivy fits 2.5" Pad and WM Antelope?
May 22, 8:51am

REI Minimalist bivy without a tarp
The main purpose of the Tarp is rain protection for the Bivy and for your gear. However, given that you don't encounter that much you could probably use a rain jacket draped over the mesh part...

In GEAR » Using a bivy without tarp
May 21, 4:05pm

Re: Good list
"*Keep the toilet paper, skip the trowel." What do you dig your cat hole with?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My 2011 JMT Gear List
May 21, 11:17am

Deadfall along Hankins Pass trail
The Trip Report on 14ers.com (link in one of my earlier posts above) was done in June of 2010. Towards the bottom of that trip report is the following "If I have one major complaint about the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Goose Creek TH Loop Map
May 21, 10:54am

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