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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: Marmot Driclim
I second the Marmot Driclim windshirt. It does have a very mild amount of insulation (not just a shell) but not much. IMO it's an excellent lightweight choice and is my primary outer layer wh...

In GEAR » Need Help w/ UL Wind Jacket...
April 28, 12:21pm

GoLite Poncho Tarp Configurations
Having recently acquired the GoLite Poncho Tarp I would like to resurrect this thread and solicit any additional setup pictures from anyone with this particular tarp. This is a great thread and ha...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
April 28, 12:15pm

Poncho's are not as good for above treeline
I have spent quite a bit of time above treeline in Colorado. To be honest, I don't care what rain gear you have, being above treeline in a storm is a VERY bad idea due to the exposure to light...

In GEAR » At/Above Treeline Rain gear choices.
April 27, 10:53am

Bristlecone Bivy
Due to a mistake in my CC information on my Bivy order, my Amazon order for the Sierra Designs Baffin Bivy was cancelled. So I decided to go with the Katabatic Gear Bristlecone Bivy instead which ...

In GEAR » Do I really need a Waterproof Bivy?
April 26, 6:18pm

Re: What is a sufficient footprint substitute you use?
"The first time I was putting up my Lunar Solo, I was smoothing out my tyvek ground sheet, and got a big handful of thorns that poked thru it. So I'd have to say that where I live, you'...

In GEAR » What is a sufficient footprint substitute you use?
April 26, 6:04pm

Reasonably priced water resistant bivy.
The Pinon Bivy from Katabatic Gear seems to be one the least expensive well designed, ultra light examples I have found here http://katabaticgear.com/shop/pinon-bivy/ I am interested in any othe...

In GEAR » Do I really need a Waterproof Bivy?
April 25, 7:34pm

Do I really need a Waterproof Bivy?
After doing quite a bit of reading on this Forum about the merits of a ultralight water resistant bivy paired up with a Tarp I am questioning the real need for a waterproof bivy. For those of you ...

In GEAR » Do I really need a Waterproof Bivy?
April 25, 7:14pm

Protecting Pack from Rain under Tarp
So I have made my first foray into the Tarp/Bivy setup and will be using the GoLite Poncho Tarp. The question is when using a smaller tarp like that do you find the need for something like a garba...

In GEAR » Protecting Pack from Rain under Tarp
April 23, 11:02pm

Thanks everyone for the valuable Insight
I really appreciate the very thoughtful feedback on the topic. For the most part I think the Bivy and Tarp kinda go hand in hand and so you can't really talk about one without the other. ...

In GEAR » Why use a Bivy
April 22, 4:21pm

Windy Higher Altitude conditions
One of the major advantages of a tent is in higher elevation locations where high wind is the norm not the exception. I suppose configuration of the tarp can block the wind somewhat but my point b...

In GEAR » Why use a Bivy
April 22, 11:45am

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