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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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Sleeping Bag
In my opinion a 15 degree is way too warm for Summer even in Colorado and the Wind River range. I have a Marmot Atom 40 degree bag. It's all I use between June and September in the high count...

In GEAR » Will my sleep system do the trick?
May 12, 9:33pm

Supreme vs Prime
The description of the Prime seems to imply it is Anodized but not the Supreme. Am I reading that right?

In GEAR » Backcountry Boiler Mk II available!
May 11, 8:35pm

Just ordered mine
Such a cool product. Forget about all of the discussions of which fuel is better, Alcohol or Canister. Get a Backcountry Boiler!

In Gear Deals » Backcountry Boiler 2.0
May 11, 8:38am

Ursack use tips
I think the Ursack probably works excellent if you 1] Use an Aluminum liner 2] Hang the Ursack 3] Use an Upsak inside the Ursack The third item isn't so important if you do the first tw...

In GEAR » Ursack Minor Compromised
May 10, 5:17pm

Do you use Trekking Poles?
Just wondering if you are completely relying on your feet to stabilize yourself. If so I can easily see how if your foot did get put in a strange position that without trekking poles that putting ...

In GEAR » Turf Toe due to creek/river crossings
May 10, 2:13pm

Were the contents inside a OPSAK
For those of you that have had your Ursack compromised or even attempted to compromise, were your contents inside an OPSAK within the Ursack? I was really hoping that combination would go a long w...

In GEAR » Ursack Minor Compromised
May 10, 7:50am

SOLD Bear Vault BV500 $50
Used once for a BP trip in RMNP. Excellent condition. I will pay for shipping within the Continental US. SOLD

In Gear Swap » FS Bear Vault BV500 $50
May 09, 5:24pm

Very significant snow year
The northern half of the state had a major snow year. Take a look at the pictures in this trip report from just a few days ago on Pyramid Peak (4 Pass Loop area near Aspen). Obviously a lot melti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking Near Winter Park, CO
May 09, 11:10am


In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Water Treatment Question
May 09, 11:01am

Water Treatment Question
I am planning to use Katadyn Micropur tablets to purify water in 1 liter bottles. The question is if I dip bottles in a stream, drop the tablet in the bottle and dry off the bottle with a towel, w...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Water Treatment Question
May 07, 10:18pm

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