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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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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

FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag $80

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag
May 06, 2:25pm

Here is a smaller loop hike of 19 miles
Check out this loop hike in the Never Summer Wilderness on the west side of the park. Perhaps you can combine a second loop hike with...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lots of questions about Rocky Mountain National Park
May 06, 2:11pm

Longs Peak is a terrible idea
Sorry, IMO camping in the Boulder field is simply a very bad idea on your first unacclimated night. Longs Peak itself is not a backpack trip, it's a climb and doubtful that it is what you were...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lots of questions about Rocky Mountain National Park
May 06, 1:57pm

Great advice about underinflating your air pad
Great point David, I only recently learned the valuable tip of bleeding some air from my pad until my hip just touched. Such a great technique to allow the air mattress to actually conform properl...

In GEAR » I don't sleep well when camping...
May 03, 6:00pm

I am a side sleeper and sleep well
If you are a side sleeper like I am you need something like the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core. The inflation of it results in about a 2" depth of the pad, and the greater volume of confined ai...

In GEAR » I don't sleep well when camping...
May 02, 8:05pm

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